Just how many Indians think 'Redskins' is a slur?
Jesse Washington, Associated Press
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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.
Additional AP story:
NY tribe targeting Redskins name plans DC meeting
VERONA, N.Y. (AP) -- An Indian tribe from upstate New York that's campaigning against the Washington Redskins' nickname says it will hold a public meeting about the issue on the football team's home turf -- at the same Washington hotel where the NFL is holding its fall meeting.
The Oneida Indian Nation's symposium is scheduled for Monday, the day NFL owners start arriving for Tuesday's meeting. Tribal leader Ray Halbritter says the meeting's time and place provide a great opportunity to bring more understanding about the issue of why the Redskins name is considered offensive by many people.
He says NFL officials would be invited to attend the symposium.
There's no immediate comment from the NFL.
The Oneidas are pushing for the Redskins to change their name as the team faces fresh waves of criticism over its nickname.
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