Earlier this week, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder announced the creation of a foundation specifically designed to aid Native Americans. Snyder has been under continuous pressure to change the team's racially oriented name, and even supporters of the name must concede that the foundation is an attempt to blunt criticism of its continued use.
To make this appear anything more than a craven, cynical attempt to shield himself from criticism behind stacks of money, Snyder needed to have a flawlessly run, transparent organization whose primary beneficiary is Native Americans, not Snyder's public image. Unfortunately for Snyder, the foundation has hit its first bump before it's even left the gate.
Snyder tapped Gary Edwards, a Cherokee and former U.S. Secret Service member, to head the foundation. However, as USA Today reported, Edwards is CEO of the National Native American Law Enforcement Association, which drew condemnation from the U.S. government for its handling of NativeRead More »from Head of new Redskins foundation drew government criticism for previous work