A petition by a legal activist to deny a radio station’s license because of the use of the word “Redskins” in reference to the Washington NFL team has been joined by as many as three Native Americans, B&C reports.
The original petition was filed by legal activist John Banzhaf, as we reported previously. Banzhaf is challenging the license renewal for sports radio station WWXX-FM on the grounds that the use of the word is akin to obscenity and hate speech.
Now Jay Winter NightWolf, a Native American who is also a listener to WWXX-FM, has filed his own petition in support of Banzhaf’s, B&C reports.
In the new petition, NightWolf reportedly says: “I have experienced and/or witnessed harm to myself and/or to other Native Americans which I believe was caused by the frequent repetitive use of the word ‘R*dskins’ on the air.”
The station, an ESPN Radio affiliate, is owned by Daniel Snyder, who also owns the Redskins team.
“Banzhaf says NightWolf is one of three Native Americans who have filed with the commission in support of his petition,” B&C reports. “NightWolf, himself a host of a radio show on Native American issues, is a strong opponent of use of the name. Banzhaf says the other two petitioners are producers of NightWolf’s radio show.”
NightWolf reportedly hosts the radio show “American Indian Truths,” which airs on Pacifica Radio’s WPFW.
B&C adds: “Banzhaf also says that others may challenge the station, and he expects there will be challenges to one or more L.A. TV stations, which are being targeted because it is a large market with the nearest license expiration date — Dec. 1, 2014, with petitions to deny due Nov. 3.”