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Pro/Con: Should teams use Native American mascots?

By Melissa Crowe
Oct. 20, 2013 at 5:20 a.m.
Updated Oct. 21, 2013 at 5:21 a.m.


The pro football commissioner and the president are weighing in on a controversy about whether Native American mascots inspire pride or prejudice.

In the national arena, the Washington Redskins are receiving the most attention. Having been urged by 10 Congress members to change its name, the team is facing a lawsuit from a Native American tribe.

In the Crossroads, the Shiner Comanches, the Gonzales Apaches and Ganado Indians use Native American team names and mascots.

Should teams with racial mascots be used in sports, whether on the national level or in peewee?

Pro: Superintendents, sports fans say team names honor tribes

Con: Derogatory mascots harm Native American identity

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