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What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

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Redskins owner Dan Snyder refuses to change the name of the team he owns even after the U.S. Patent Office revoked his trademark rights. Native American, Anne Duy is Director of the Comanche Outreach in Dallas. Duy said that she was offended that Synder is not open to changing the team name.

"Any nickname that is derogatory is not okay," sad Duy. I asked her how she would feel if I called her a redskins. "Then that would not be okay to me, I would feel offense offense towards that," said Duy.

Many Texomans commented on Facebook about how they feel over the name redskin. There were many that felt that the government did not have the right to take the trademark rights from Snyder. Duy thinks differently.

"The reason why I take offense to it is because they are describing the color of my skin," said Duy.

They're three high schools in this area of Texoma called the Indians. Newschannel6 found that none of those schools are changing their name anytime soon. Midwestern State University changed the team name nearly a decade ago. Today, the team is called the Mustangs, they were once called the Indians.

Duy says she feels awful that Synder refuses to change the name.  

"If he does not have the respect of how this affects Native Americans, then just shame on him," said Duy.

There are many Native American tribes across the country, not one is called the Redskins.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6