WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of American Indians who find the Washington Redskins name offensive wants the Supreme Court to take up the matter.
The group late Monday asked the justices to review a lower court decision that favored the NFL team on a legal technicality.
The seven Native Americans have been working through the court system since 1992 to have the Redskins trademarks declared invalid. A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office panel ruled in their favor in 1999, but they've since suffered a series of defeats from judges who ruled that the plaintiffs waited too long to bring their suit in the first place.
A lawyer for the group says he'd like to see the court decide once and for all whether the Redskins name defames Native Americans.
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EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: Do you think the name Redskins is offensive? What about the Cleveland Indians? How about the Atlanta Braves? How do you think the Supreme court should rule? What do you think?