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D.C. Council To Vote On Bill Urging Redskins To Change Team Name

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The D.C. Council will take up a resolution next week urging the Washington Redskins to change their name.

The Council passed a similar resolution in 2001, and the new one has broad support on the 13-member body. It comes amid a national debate about the name, which some consider to be offensive to Native Americans. President Barack Obama recently said he would "think about changing'' the name if he owned the team.

The resolution no longer suggests a new nickname for the team. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large), who wrote the original resolution, had suggested "Redtails'' in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Council has no power over the Redskins. The team plays its home games in Maryland, and its practice facility is in Virginia.

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