Just How Many Indians Think 'Redskins' Is A Slur?

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The name of the Washington Redskins football team has inspired protests, lawsuits, letters from Congress, even nudge from the president. Yet behind the headlines, it's unclear how many Native Americans think "Redskins" is a racial slur.

Some say this uncertainty shouldn't matter because the word has an undeniably racist history. Others say it shouldn't matter because the team does not mean to be racist. There are 2 million Indians enrolled in 566 federally recognized tribes, plus another 3.2 million who tell the Census they are Indian. And it's difficult to tell how many of them are opposed to the name.

Certainly many Indians believe the name is racist, but it is used affectionately by some, and the only recent poll of Indians found most did not consider the term offensive.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 226928251 - kolotv.com/a?a=226928251