[Ed. – I grew up around lots of Native Americans (who usually refer to themselves as Indians, BTW, or simply by their tribal/nation affiliation). Nothing about Dahl’s story rings false to me.]
An Oklahoma college student visiting Washington D.C. on a school trip, says he was beat up [sic] for wearing a Redskins Jersey. And the person he got into a fight with was a White House official in charge of American Indian education.
Barrett Dahl is Native American and a member of both the Choctaw and Sac and Fox Nations. He is also autistic. He says he wore the Redskins shirt because he was in Washington D.C. and because he sees it as a sense of cultural pride. However, when he showed up wearing it at a Pow Wow that’s when the trouble started.
He says within seconds of sitting down he was approached by William Mendoza.
“He comes to me and calls me the name weetard not retard, weetard. ‘You’re a weetard for not understanding Redskins is offensive’,” said Dahl on Wednesday. The incident happened back on October 30 of last year.
Mendoza is the Executive Director of the White House Initiative of American Indian and Alaska Native Education, and an outspoken opponent of using Native American images as mascots.
Mendoza’s attorney, Mark Zaid, said Mendoza…approached Dahl on bended knee and asked him about his shirt that he said had the words “INJUN PIMP” on the back. …
Dahl counters his shirt said “INJUN PLAYER” and Mendoza was the aggressor.