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Senate’s Harry Reid predicts Redskins name change within three years

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicts a name change is in the Washington Redskins’ future.
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

The Washington Redskins are under renewed pressure to change their nickname, which some find racially insensitive. Team owner Daniel Snyder, who has said in the past that he will never change the team’s name, announced earlier this week that he will be making charitable donations to Native Americans across the country as a goodwill gesture.

One person isn’t impressed, and he’s a pretty powerful person: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“I can’t imagine why the man doesn’t realize that the name is going to change. It’s only a question of when it’s going to change. That’s the only question,” Reid told the Washington Post on Thursday.

“I think the name will be changed within the next three years. You know, I may slip a year or two, but I think it’s just a question of time. Because Native Americans are organized. We have Native Americans who now are not all poor. We’ve got these Indian gaming establishments who have money, who are gonna help with this. And Dan Snyder’s not the only person in the world with money.”

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