The US Supreme Court have declined to hear an appeal by the native Americans who find the name Chicago Redskins offensive, so the matter is now closed.
The case, Suzan Harjo v. Pro-Football, Inc., has been batted around since 1992, and centered on whether a dispute over a potentially offensive trademark and name can be dismissed if the challenge was not filed promptly.
The Redskins acquired their name in 1933, before they arrived in Washington. Originally the “Boston Braves,” they were renamed the Boston Redskins in honor of their head coach, William “Lone Star” Dietz, himself a Native American, according to team lawyers in a brief for the high court. When they relocated to Washington in 1937, the name was changed to reflect the new reality. Native American |Indians claim use of the “Redskins” mascot is racially disparaging. The Supreme Court denied the case Monday without comment.
The case is Suzan Harjo v. Pro-Football, Inc., 09-326.