By Mike Lillis - 10/28/13 06:00 AM EDT
Rep. Nancy Pelosi believes the Washington Redskins should find a new name.
In an interview with The Hill, the California Democrat said it “probably would be a good idea if they change the name.”
Pelosi noted that when she was growing up in Baltimore, the city didn’t have a football team.
“So one of the first songs I ever learned in my whole life was, ‘Hail to the Redskins.’ I didn’t have the faintest idea what I was saying, but I’ve known it forever,” she said.
Pelosi noted she has been focusing on other issues but is aware that Native American groups have criticized the name as a slur.
Other politicians who have called for a change include Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Dels. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa).
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights hero, told The Hill in March that the Redskins should consider a name change.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said he will never change the name.