CLINTON, N.Y., Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The legitimacy of self-proclaimed "civil rights" activist, Ray Halbritter, who has been publicly seeking to have the Redskins name changed, has been called into question by documents obtained by full-blooded Oneida Indian, Melvin Phillips. Phillips claims that Halbritter has hijacked the Oneida culture to serve his own interests.
In this public video, in his own words, Halbritter describes his leadership role as, "He who has the gold, makes the rules." He used federally funded police to remove these so-called dissidents from their property and now seeks to use public officials to wrongfully remove Melvin Phillips and his family from their land pursuant to an agreement with Governor Andrew Cuomo.
According a U.S. Census document obtained from the National Archives, Halbritter's blood ancestry is NOT as a member of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. In order to be an Oneida member you have to be a one quarter blood member of the Six Nations through matrilineal descent, which the document states Halbritter is not. According to Phillips, Halbritter's campaign against the Washington Redskins is nothing more than a calculated attempt to gain national attention and to distract from the highly questionable operations he oversees in New York.
Mr. Phillips supports the Washington Redskins and does not believe that the name is offensive to Native Americans. Phillips said, "This move by Halbritter is the ultimate hypocrisy. First he tries to take our land and now is trying to take away the Redskins team name which honors our people. The next thing he will do is kick us off the nickel."
The 76 year old Phillips has resided on land reserved for the Orchard Party/Marble Hill Oneida Indians pursuant to the 1838 Treaty of Buffalo Creek and the 1842 Treaty signed with New York State. Phillips, is a direct descendant of the Oneida Indians who are members of the Six Nations – one of the well-known historic tribes of New York. Phillips met with NFL officials last week.
From: Claudia Tenney, Attorney for Melvin Phillips
Contact: Tel. 315-794-7788
SOURCE Melvin Phillips