California tribe rejects offer from Redskins group

The Quechan Tribe of California and a tribal nonprofit group have refused money from a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins.

Quechan tribal President Keeny Escalanti Sr. said Friday that representatives of the Original Americans Foundation recently met with tribal lawmakers on the reservation that straddles the California-Arizona border.

Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie says the foundation has partnered with 40 tribes on dozens of projects. He declined to discuss specifics of the meeting with Quechan officials.

Escalanti says he believes the foundation offered assistance to gain the tribe's support for use of the Redskins name. Escalanti says that won't happen.

Kenrick Escalanti of Kwatsan Media Inc. says he also met with the foundation, which offered to build a skate park. He rejected the offer, saying it sounded like a bribe.