A protest against the Washington NFL team's racist mascot: Photo: Fibonacci Blue

Native activists concede loss in dispute over NFL team's racist trademarks

Young Native activists who challenged the Washington NFL team's racist trademarks agree their landmark case is over.

The activists, led by Navajo Nation citizen Amanda Blackhorse, won a series of rulings that said the trademarks were "disparaging" to Native peoples. But the game changed when the U.S. Supreme Court, in a closely-related case, struck down the federal law at issue.

As a result, the activists won't object to a final decision in favor of the NFL team. Their views were submitted in a letter to a federal appeals court on Thursday.

The team and the Department of Justice had already submitted letters to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals saying there was no need for further proceedings. Both also said a final decision should be entered in favor of Pro-Football, the name of the corporation that owns the Washington team.

In Matal v. Tam, the Supreme Court struck down a portion of Lanham Act, a federal trademark law, as unconstitutional. The decision was issued on June 19.

Read More on the Story:
Washington Redskins win trademark fight over the team’s name (The Washington Post 6/29)

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Matal v. Tam:
Syllabus | Opinion [Alito] | Concurrence [Kennedy] | Concurrence [Thomas]

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