Meet the Non-Disparagement of American Indians in Trademark Registrations Act of 2013, a proposed bill that would prohibit trademarks from using the term “Redskin” to refer to Native Americans. The bill was introduced by a group of U.S. House members, though it is not guaranteed that the bill will receive a committee hearing, let alone a vote. The bill comes in the same month that a three-judge panel on the federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board heard arguments over whether the term “Redskin” should be considered a slur and denied trademark protection. Even if the NFL team loses the trademark, however, it would not necessarily have to change its name.
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