Haskell commencement speaker leading Redskins mascot fight

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Haskell Indian Nations University graduate who is at the forefront in the fight to change the name of the Washington Redskins NFL team is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the university’s commencement.

Amanda Blackhorse and four other American Indians filed the lawsuit that led to the June 2014 decision of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trial and Appeal Board to cancel the professional football team’s trademark registration.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the board’s decision didn’t force the team to change its name, but supporters hope it will strengthen the argument to do so.

Blackhorse will be the featured speaker at Haskell’s commencement, which starts at 10 a.m. on May 6 at the Coffin Sports Complex in Lawrence.

 

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