Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicted Thursday that it's only a matter of time before Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder will be forced to change the team's name. "I think the name will be changed within the next three years," Reid (D-Nev.) told The Washington Post. "You know, I may slip a year or two, but I think it's just a question of time. Because Native Americans are organized. We have Native Americans who now are not all poor. We've got these Indian gaming establishments who have money, who are gonna help with this. And Dan Snyder's not the only person in the world with money. ... "Snyder has to realize, he is on the losing side of history. And the sooner he does it, the better off we are. The Wizards, you know, they were the Washington Bullets. With all the killing that took place, the murders in Washington, Abe Pollin -- a very nice man -- decided 'I don't need any of this.' So they changed it to the Washington Wizards. We're all used to the Washington Wizards. "And I don't know what (the Redskins will) change the name to, but we'll get used to it really quick." In the midst of the controversy surrounding the team's nickname, Snyder announced this week a Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation aimed at providing opportunities for tribal communities. Reid was critical Snyder's efforts, calling it "a phony deal, like everything else (he has) done." Snyder has resisted pressure to drop the Redskins' name. "Dan Snyder, he's got a great new deal," Reid told the Post. "He's going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it. I can't imagine why the man doesn't realize that the name is going to change. It's only a question of when it's going to change. That's the only question." NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is on Snyder's side. "When you look at the polls that 90 percent of Redskins fans support the name, they believe it's something that represents pride," Goodell said Wednesday. "And the general population also supports it overwhelmingly. He's trying to be responsible in listening and recognizing that people have differing views."
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