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Notah Begay's foundation backed out of Navajo golf tournament






Photo of KTNN Celebrity Golf Tournament was posted by Jacqueline Keeler on Twitter.

The Notah Begay III Foundation backed out of a golf tournament whose lead sponsor was the Original Americans Foundation.

The Notah Begay III Foundation, which was started by Navajo / Pueblo golfer Notah Begay III, had agreed to participate in the 1st Annual KTNN Celebrity Golf Tournament. That changed when executives found out about the association with the Washington professional football team.

“I find it underhanded and despicable that the Washington football team would co-opt this event," Crystal Echo Hawk, the foundation's executive director, said in a press release that was distributed by the Oneida Nation. "As soon as we found out about their involvement we withdrew our support."

“The NB3 Foundation does not support the Redskins or its organization OAF," the group added. “We are adamantly opposed to the team's continued use of this derogatory name."

The golf tournament was held at the Whirlwind Golf Club, a facility owned by the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona, on Saturday. The Gila River Tribe was not listed as a sponsor.

KTNN is owned and operated by the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority, the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise and the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President were listed as sponsors.

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