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BELTON, Mo. — An outdoor sign at a Sonic Restaurant in Belton, Missouri reportedly offended some Native Americans who saw it, and has renewed calls for The Washington Redskins to change their name, reported

The sign was only up for about 15 minutes Sunday before the words were removed, but it was long enough for someone to snap a picture. It began circulating on social media sites.

The sign said:

Once the owner saw the sign, he told the employees to take it down and apologized.

The picture of the sign was posted in Indian Country Today media network, courtesy of Cody Blackburn.

Patrick Lenow, Sonic’s Vice President of Public Relations, released the following statement:

“His passion for his hometown football team and a reputation for creative remarks on his message board resulted in a lapse in judgment and he regrets allowing the remarks to be posted. The owner has reinforced with his employees the boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable.”

In October, Redskins owner Dan Snyder addressed the controversy over his team’s name and reiterated his stance that it should not be changed.