National | Sports

Original Americans Foundation sends fewer contributions to tribes






In 2014, the Original Americans Foundation donated a children's playground to the Chippewa Cree Tribe. In total, the Montana-based tribe has received $836,000, according to The Washington Post. Photo: Chippewa Cree Tribe

The Original Americans Foundation is sending fewer dollars to Indian Country, The Washington Post reports.

The foundation, which was established by the Washington NFL team, donated nearly $1.6 million to 14 tribes in its second year of operation, the paper said. That's far less than the $3.7 million sent to 25 tribes in the first year, according to the paper.

“My administration is completely opposed to taking any money from the organization,” Chairman L. Jace Killsback of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe told the paper. Under prior leadership, the Montana-based tribe was one of the first to work with the Original Americans Foundation.

“If they really wanted to be a good program, they wouldn’t essentially have tribes sell out to receive their donation,” Killsback added. Playgrounds donated to tribes, for example, bear the team's name and logo and are decorated in the team's colors, according to photos on the foundation's website.

According to The Post, the sole donor the foundation is team owner Dan Snyder, whose net worth is estimated to be $2.2 billion. He has vowed that he will "never" eliminate the organization's racist mascot.

The Original Americans Foundation has not disclosed whether it has a leadership board, hasn't outlined its donation guidelines and hasn't take other steps normally associated with a charitable organization.

Read More on the Story:
Donations to tribes by Daniel Snyder’s Redskins foundation plummet in second year, records show (The Washington Post 4/15)

Related Stories:
Speculation about Donald Trump welcoming NFL team -- and its racist mascot -- back to DC (11/11)
Washington NFL team requests delay in racist trademark dispute (10/04)
Supreme Court accepts case linked to NFL team's racist mascot (09/29)
Supreme Court weighs petition in case tied to racist NFL mascot (09/20)
Kiowa player Kendal Thompson lands spot on Washington NFL team's practice squad (09/05)
Football player from Kiowa Tribe not bothered by NFL team's name (08/09)
Unofficial NFL team mascot 'Chief Zee' passes away at age 75 (07/20)
Editorial: Washington school bans NFL team's apparel on campus (06/22)
William Ledford: Native support for racist mascot is news to me (06/02)
Amanda Blackhorse: Mascot opponents won't stop despite poll (06/02)
Courtland Milloy: Let's celebrate NFL team's truly offensive past (06/01)
Peter d'Errico: Mascot poll reflects realities of historical genocide (06/01)
Raymond Foxworth: Tribal opposition to racist names still matters (05/31)
Jacqueline Keeler: Shameful and skewed poll on racist NFL name (05/26)
Billy Mills: Flawed poll can't justify use of team's racist mascot (05/24)
Richard King: Mascot poll reflects pervasive anti-Indian racism (05/24)
Vincent Schilling: Mascot poll doesn't reflect true Indian voices (05/23)
Tara Houska: Mascots hurt Native youth despite results of poll (05/23)
Washington Post conducts poll on Native views of racist mascot (05/20)