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Secretary Sally Jewell reaffirms opposition to racist mascot

An aerial view of RFK stadium in 1998. Photo by U.S. Air Force via Wikipedia

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell won't agree to a new stadium in the nation's capital if it's tied to the NFL team's racist mascot, The Washington Post reports.

The team used to play at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium before moving to FedEx Field in Maryland. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who took office in January, has been trying to lure the team back to Washington, D.C.

But since the National Park Service owns the land beneath the facility, Jewell said the Obama administration won't agree to new development plans as long as the racist mascot remains, the Post reported. A spokesperson also said renewing D.C.'s lease for the site wasn't a top priority.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is also trying to lure the team to Virginia.

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