The Washington Redskins have launched a new initiative they hope will help improve the quality of life for tribal reservations across the country.
"The mission of the Original Americans Foundation is to provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities," Snyder wrote. "With open arms and determined minds, we will work as partners to begin to tackle the troubling realities facing so many tribes across our country."
Snyder explained that efforts are already underway, including the distribution of over 3,000 cold-weather coats to several tribes in the Plains region, as well as shoes to players on boys and girls basketball teams. The team also assisted in the purchase of a new backhoe for the Omaha Tribe in Nebraska.
"I've listened. I've learned. And frankly, it's heart wrenching," Snyder wrote. "It's not enough to celebrate the values and heritage of Native Americans. We must do more."
Snyder's letter comes six months after the owner sent another letter to Redskins season-ticket holders in which he reminisced about attending his first Redskins game with his father and provided statistical data that show a large majority of fans -- including Native Americans -- don't want a name change.