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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder met Tuesday in New York, but according to reports Snyder has no plans to change the controversial name of the franchise.

The meeting comes one day before a publicized forum between senior NFL officials and Oneida Indian Nations in New York City.

The Washington Post reported the meeting wasn't about changing the name, but more about gathering "information on the team's plans for dealing with the issues involved, including assessing and addressing opposition to the name."

The Oneida held a protest before the Redskins hosted the Green Bay Packers because they consider the name an offensive slur.

In June, Goodell defending the team's name in a letter to Congress. He said in September the decision to change the team's name is ultimately Snyder's to make.

Snyder has not shown he will bow to the growing pressure to change the franchise's nickname.

Snyder sent a letter to season ticket-holders stating his reasoning for wanting to keep team's name despite the president of the United States and other public officials suggesting that it's time to discard a term that some consider offensive.

"I've listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name," Snyder wrote. "But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too."

Snyder cited a recent poll of nearly 1,000 Native Americans showing that 90 percent did not find the name to be offensive. He also pointed to a Richmond Times Dispatch story in which three Native American tribal leaders in Virgina did not have a problem with using Redskins.

"Our franchise has a great history, tradition and legacy representing our proud alumni and literally tens of millions of loyal fans worldwide," Snyder wrote. "We have participated in some of the greatest games in NFL history, and have won five world championships. We are proud of our team and the passion of our loyal fans. Our fans sing 'Hail to the Redskins' in celebration at every Redskins game. They speak proudly of 'Redskins Nation'in honor of a sports team they love.

"So when I consider the Washington Redskins name, I think of what it stands for. I think of the Washington Redskins traditions and pride I want to share with my three children, just as my father shared with me -- and just as you have shared with your family and friends."
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