​Redskins Honor Navajo Code Talkers for NFL’s Salute to Service

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November 27, 2013

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The Redskins name won’t change, but the team has honored members of the Navajo Code Talkers Association, who transmitted secret communications beginning in World War II, as a joint celebration of the NFL’s Salute to Service month.

Four representatives were recognized, including the association President Peter MacDonald Sr., Vice President Roy Hawthorne and members George James Sr. and George Boyd Willie Sr.

They stood in the end zone nearest the tunnel that leads to the Redskins’ locker room and received a round of applause while a video tribute to the code talkers played during a commercial break in the first quarter of the Redskins’ game vs. the San Francisco 49ers.

The Redskins have received criticism over their stance that their team name should not be changed despite requests from groups, including Native American tribes. The four Native Americans wore Redskins jackets along with their military hats.