The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington will next week be the site for both the NFL’s Fall League Meeting and a high-level symposium on why Washington’s NFL team should end its use of a racial slur as its mascot.

The Oneida Indian Nation will be holding a public conference on Monday, October 7 that will feature congressional lawmakers and other leaders who have joined its “Change the Mascot” campaign.

The conference, which will be open to the press and the public, will be a chance for NFL officials, policymakers, and other concerned citizens to hear from federal legislators, community leaders and experts about the campaign. Among those speaking will be:

  • Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative
  • U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (Washington, D.C.)
  • U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (Minnesota), Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus
  • Kevin Gover, Director of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian
  • Dr. Michael Friedman, a noted clinical psychologist who has done extensive research on the psychological effects of stigma and discrimination
  • Dr. David Borgstrom, President of the Cooperstown (NY) Central School District Board of Education
  • Two students from Cooperstown (NY) Central School District who led the effort to change the school’s mascot from “redskins” to “hawkeyes”

The upcoming event has already generated an incredible amount of media coverage in top-tier outlets from the nation’s capital and all across the country. Below is a sampling of several of the noteworthy articles:

New York Daily News: Oneida Indian Nation plans symposium on ‘Washington Redskins’ name at NFL meeting hotel

CBS Sports: Oneida Nation planning symposium to overlap NFL owners’ meetings

FOX News Radio: Tribe Pushing For Name Change of NFL ‘Redskins’

Variety: Hey, Broadcast Chiefs: Time To Tackle Redskins’ Racist Mascot Problem

NBC Sports: Opponents of Redskins name plan to make case at owners’ meeting

SportsGrid: For Rick Reilly’s Eyes Only: NY Indian Tribe REALLY Offended By Redskins’ Name

WIBX 950: Oneida Nation To Hold ‘Change The Mascot’ Rally At NFL League Meeting

Washington Business Journal: Oneida Nation to pressure NFL on Redskins name at league meeting

USA Today: Oneida Indian Nation plans symposium on ‘Redskins’ name Oneida Nation will argue against Washington Redskins at site of NFL owners meeting

Think Progress: Oneida Indian Tribe To Hold Event Against ‘Redskins’ Name Alongside NFL Owners Meeting