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Associated Press , Published March 07 2013

Challenge to Redskins name begins anew at hearing

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The latest round is under way in the attempt by Native Americans to strip the Washington Redskins of their federal trademark petition.

Both sides appeared Thursday in a 90-minute hearing before three judges on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

A lawyer representing a group of American Indians said the word “redskin” is a slur, but the case isn't that simple. The plaintiffs have to show the name Washington Redskins was disparaging to a significant population of Native Americans when the team was granted its trademarks decades ago.

General Manager Bruce Allen said afterward that he doesn't know if it's been proven that the name is offensive and that the team has no plans to change it.

The judges might take as long as a year to issue a ruling.

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