Arizona tribe turns down offer from Redskins group

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Updated: 7/18/2014 11:23 am

PHOENIX (AP) — The Quechan Tribe has refused money from a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins, saying it essentially was a bribe.

Dan Snyder is under pressure to change his team's name. Many consider it offensive. He says it honors American Indians.

Representatives of Snyder's Original Americans Foundation met with tribal officials this week on the Fort Yuma reservation, located on the Arizona-California border. The tribe says the foundation offered to build a skate park aimed at curbing suicides among American Indian youth.

Tribal member Kenrick Escalanti tells the Arizona Republic ( ) that the skate park renderings looked like corporate branding. The tribe says it won't become a statistic in the team's fight to gain name acceptance in tribal communities.

The foundation confirmed the meetings but would not disclose details.

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