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The D.C. Council wants the Washington Redskins to change their team name.

Despite a lobbying campaign from the team to contact city lawmakers, on Tuesday the Council overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging the Washington-area team to shed the controversial name.

D.C. Council Member David Grosso (I-At Large) sponsored the bill, which had the support of ten out of the eleven members present.

"We can clearly see from the continued traction that this issue that changing this racist and derogatory name resonates with the people of the District of Columbia," he said. "It drives home that the 'R word' is objectionable to many Americans who consider it to be racist and derogatory."

The only Council member who didn't support the resolution was Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7). She said that the constituents she talked to didn't have a problem with the team's nickname.

"Overall I really don't [think the name is racist], but I don't want to be insensitive. I can understand if people think it is offensive," she said.

The Council has no power over the team, which plays its home games in Maryland and has its training facility in Virginia. In recent weeks individuals like President Obama and groups like the Oneida Indian Nation have said that the team's name should be changed, a move that has been resisted by team owner Dan Snyder.

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