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Washington Post strikes 'Redskins' from editorials

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A Washington Redskins football helmet lies on the field during NFL football minicamp, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday, June 18, 2014, that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Post says it will stop calling Washington's football team the ''Redskins'' on its editorial page.

The paper's editorial board announced Friday that it will refrain from using the term that it says ''unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.''

The board operates independently of the paper's newsgathering operation. The Post will continue to use ''Redskins'' in the news and sports sections.

The board noted that it has been speaking out against the Redskins name since 1992. Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said the announcement was therefore ''no surprise'' to the team.

Several major newspapers have stopped using the name altogether. CBS lead analyst Phil Simms said this week he will likely avoid the name when he announces a Washington game this season.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name, saying it honors Native Americans.

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