About the Book
The fascinating tale evokes contributing naming elements from our nation's patriotic fight for independence. Rich and inspiring, the tale highlights often-forgotten truths which some NFL fans, journalists or even Native Americans might not know. From their sage 99-year-old Great Grandfather and their new Native American friend, the two young Redskin fans learn that the name is sometimes misunderstood by those unaware of the diverse evolutionary story of Native American warriors. These people, they reason, may not appreciate the rich ethos or educational value the name embodies. The two travelers come away from their first NFL game not only recognizing the positive legacy in honoring the venerable painted warriors in 1933, but the importance in treating the name today as an historic treasure. The Redskins, they know, is one the few surviving tribute symbols left standing in an American landscape once rich in Native American honorifics.
Andre Billeaudeaux is a retired veteran residing in Virginia. During his 29 year career, he was at times a military journalist, television show host and magazine editor. His published topics of interest include political communications, history, national identity and racism among others. His current focus is on the history and traditions of Native Americans as well as the politics behind the name-change campaign.