WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has sided with the Washington Redskins in a lawsuit brought by American Indians who consider the team's name racially offensive.

A group of Native Americans has been trying to get the courts to cancel the Redskins' trademark so that the team could no longer market its name.

But a U.S. district judge in Washington says the plaintiffs waited too long to bring their case to court. She added that her ruling does not decide "the appropriateness of Native American imagery for team names."