Navajo president attends game with Redskins owner

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The president of the country's largest American Indian reservation appears to be a supporter of the Washington Redskins.

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, wearing a Redskins cap, was seated next to Redskins owner Dan Snyder as the team played the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in Glendale.

The president's spokesman, Deswood Tome, says Shelly was there to discuss an NFL franchising agreement involving Navajo artists.

Tome says Shelly believes challenges for the Navajo, such as education and job creation, take "far more precedence more than a mascot name."

Shelly's presence coincides with a rally by nearly 100 demonstrators outside University of Phoenix Stadium earlier in the day.

Some Native American leaders say the name is a racial slur. Snyder has vowed to never change the name, saying it honors Native Americans.