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Navajo arts and crafts to be sold at Washington team stadium

Screen capture shows outgoing Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly with Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington NFL team. Image from Deadspin

The Navajo Nation entered into an agreement with the NFL to sell arts and crafts at the Washington team's stadium.

President Ben Shelly said the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise reached the agreement earlier this year. Jewelry, rugs, sand paintings and other arts and crafts will be sold at the FedEx Field in Maryland.

“We have an enormous opportunity to bring more business to Navajo craftsmen and artisans,” Shelly said in a press release. “This licensing agreement with the NFL has opened the door for new jobs and economic development for the nation.”

According to Shelly, the Washington team waived the licensing fee for the tribe. He said the team is helping the tribe to sell Navajo arts and crafts at other stadiums.

Shelly announced the agreement after attending the team's game with Arizona on Sunday. He sat with owner Dan Snyder in the team's suite.

The team paid for for members of the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo to attend the game, The Arizona Republic reported. The team has purchased items from Zuni artisans.

Outside the game, however, tribal activists protested the team's racist mascot. Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo woman who is the lead plaintiff in a challenge to the team's trademarks, spoke at the protest.

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Shelly says he talked business with Snyder (AP 10/13)
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly sits in box with Dan Snyder (The Arizona Republic 10/13)
Protesters March Against Redskins; Snyder Still Wooing Natives (Indian Country Today 10/13)
Native Americans demonstrate, urging Redskins name change (The Glendale Daily News-Sun 10/13)
Washington Redskins racist? What do the Navajo really think? (The Christian Science Monitor 10/13)
Disgraced, Soon-To-Be-Former Navajo Nation President Attends 'Skins Game (Deadspin 10/12)
Native Americans cheer on the Washington Redskins, others protest (KOB 10/12)
Protesters gather in Scottsdale over Redskins team name (The Arizona Republic 10/12)
Washington Redskins pay for Natives to attend Cardinals game (The Arizona Republic 10/10)

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Editorial: A note for the Washington Unmentionables (The Arizona Republic 10/11)

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