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Original Americans Foundation sends fewer contributions to tribes

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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.

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

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