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Statement by Billy Mills On Today’s Decision by the U.S. Patent Office
6/18/14 under Billy Mills General News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
STATEMENT BY BILLY MILLS
Today’s Decision by the U.S. Patent Office
Concerning the Washington Football Team
“The U.S. Patent Office should never be used to defend a slur. NEVER — you can use caps.”
“The Washington Football team claims to listen to public opinions, but many of us question if we’ve been heard. Today’s decision will be heard.”
- Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota) was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He has dedicated his life to serving American Indian communities. At the 1964 Olympics, he shocked the world and came from behind the win the gold medal in the 10k race. Billy was awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal by President Obama for his work with Running Strong with American Indian Youth.
Someone at the Washington NFL football team’s head office thought it would be a good idea to start a Twitter campaign Thursday to defend its racially insensitive name.
They were wrong.
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