“Social science research and first hand experience has told us that this kind of denigration has both visible and unseen consequences for Native Americans in this country. This is especially the case for children, who were not polled and who are in a particularly vulnerable position to be bullied by the NFL. It is the 21st century — it is long overdue for Native Americans to be treated not as mascots or targets of slurs, but instead as equals.”
The Change the Mascot campaign was launched by the Oneida Indian Nation in 2013 and has financed much of the name-changing effort in recent years. In 2015, a Change the Mascot online ad imagined a Washington football team without the name Redskins.
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