WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) – While you may see FedEx Field fans wearing the old Washington football team logo, the profile of a Native American, you won’t see it anywhere on helmets, shirts, or the field.
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This is why Donald A. Wetzel, Sr. said his family wanted him back.
“A peaceful ceremony can be a good way to do that, to deliver it to us,” he told FOX 5 on Thursday.
According to Wetzel, his father, Walter “Blackie” Wetzel, gave the logo to former team owner Jack Kent Cooke. Now he would like to turn him into the face of the Blackie Wetzel Warrior Society which would raise awareness of several issues including missing and murdered Indigenous women.
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“To let people know that this can’t happen anymore and that missing and murdered Indigenous women are not being forgotten,” said Wetzel business partner Marie Schell.
They have at least one prominent supporter – Wetzel and Schell met Montana Senator Steve Daines last month.
Daines’ office told FOX 5, “the senator is committed to helping the family in their mission to return the logo.”
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A spokesperson for the Washington football team confirmed that representatives from their legal and public affairs teams also met with Wetzel and Schell last month, adding that they would continue to speak with the family “with the aim of understand how they can honor the history of the logo and understand the role of the Wetzel family so that they can properly recognize it. “
“The nine days we spent in Washington were very important to us because they showed that we were kind of serious,” Wetzel said.
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When asked if the Washington football team are really considering giving the logo right to Wetzel, the spokesperson said this is part of the process the team will continue to work on.