The Washington Football Team quietly announced Wednesday that fans will not be allowed to wear Native American-inspired headdresses or face paint in their stadium.
The change in policy was announced with other updated stadium policies and protocols for games this season, including recommending face masks for unvaccinated fans and making concession stands cashless.
“We are excited to welcome back everyone who has worn Burgundy & Gold,” the team said. Declaration. “However, Indian-inspired ceremonial headdresses or face paint can no longer be worn to the stadium.”
The fan dress policy comes a little over a year after the team. dropped its logo and removed “Redskins” Named after years of advocates calling for change. Even his name was drawn President Barack Obama’s concerns. The team made its name after widespread protests for social justice following the murder of George Floyd and pressure from sponsors like FedEx, Nike, and Pepsi.
Team playing at home FedEx Areadid not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
The new dress code also comes with teams like the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Indians making similar changes themselves. Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team in July change name to Guardiansand three days later, the Chiefs made the National Football League team Retire his mascot, a horse named Warpaint, while keeping his name.
Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, said Wednesday that the change to the Washington Football Team was “welcome news, but belated news.”
“Indigenous people have suffered for decades of the humiliation and trauma of these dehumanizing fan rituals,” Ms Sharp said in a statement. “NCAI will not rest until all professional, college and K-12 school teams retire their Indigenous ‘themed’ mascots and the fan rituals that go with them to the dustbin of history where they belong.”
The Washington Football Team isn’t expected to reveal its new nickname until the 2022 season. In April, the team announced that a survey had yielded results. More than 39,000 applications From fans with suggestions for a new name like Cannons, the Thrushers, Red-Monster-Truck-Jam, and Washington Wash Your Hands.
After the survey, Jason Wright, the head of the team, said the team would create a shortlist of submissions. The team would then undertake “months of work involving legal controversies, trademarks, commercial selling feasibility, and dozens of other interesting but really important steps leading up to the launch of a new name.”
“We know it’s almost impossible for everyone to like the name we’ve been thrown on.” Mr Wright said in April. “For a franchise identity that means so much to so many families and communities in ways that are both positive and hurtful, there is no way to create a new brand without some dissatisfaction. But our hope is that our fans can understand that the pillars they’ve built in the process will rise to the final verdict.”