"I want to do the research and figure out how Native Americans feel. I want to talk to Native Americans from other tribes. You're talking about 500 tribes, sovereign entities. You get a consensus of how these people feel only by going and talking to them,” said Cooley.
Cooley said he’s visited 12 tribes to date, including tribes in Nebraska and Iowa. Other people he traveled with had visited more than 30 reservations all over the nation.
Team representatives reportedly started flying to reservations offering donations to help financially struggling tribes, whether they find the team’s name offensive or not.
“I think it's really good that the Redskins came here, so they can learn more about our culture and our traditions instead of just carrying that name they will have a better understanding of it now,” said Megan Rea Finch, of the Kickapoo Tribe.
"What I've seen from so many Native Americans is that it's a football team. The Redskins name is associated with a football team. You talk to kids and they say, Redskins?' And then they'll say, ‘Oh football players are here,’" said Cooley.
Snyder and the Redskins said they set up the Original Americans foundation to help Native Americans deal with the challenges that plague their lives. However, not every tribe has accepted their help, saying it's a bribe from a team using a derogatory name.
"It's hard for me to watch people say, ‘This tribe got bribed.’ They're not getting bribed. We are asking nothing from anyone. We are talking to people. You say, ‘They have no integrity,’ and that's wrong. They are proud people. There are a number of issues on reservations that a majority of people don't understand,” said Cooley.