Team Names With Indian Mascots

Should they stay or go?

There has been much discussion over the years about whether professional sports teams and schools should use Indian mascots.  There are plenty of examples: Washington Redskins, the Fighting Illini, etc.

In Dare County, this has recently become an issue again.  The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that former state Board of Education member Eddie Davis spoke at a Dare County education board meeting. He encouraged Manteo schools to stop using Indian mascots, particularly the "Redskins" team name.

What's your opinion?  Should sports teams and schools use Indian mascots?

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  • by hKSHIA on Oct 21, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    hey guys might not be getting this...native americans are being compared to agressive animals! think about it people!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Oct 11, 2008 at 06:10 AM
    Hey Heather; Are you offended?
  • by HCG Location: eastern NC on Oct 8, 2008 at 07:09 AM
    It doesn't matter. No, we don't want to offend anyone, but most schools have Indian Mascots because of the tribe that were settled around the area on which the campus was built. It's an honor. The Indians are taught in school and known as mighy warriors. Cheers for high school sports teams often put the word 'mighty" in their cheers, sometimes even if the mascots aren't Indian names. This isn't a big deal. There are more important issues in our world today to worry about.
  • by Sammy Location: G-Vegas on Oct 7, 2008 at 11:14 AM
    OK - so I am part Indian and it doesn't offend me. The Indians were mighty warriors and that image seems to translate to sports. Anyhow -- we'll see if Dare County renames them to "the Landlubbers" LOL!
  • by Big T Location: greenville on Sep 30, 2008 at 10:02 AM
    Dave, Welcome to the United States of the Offended. Hey, I'm a big guy..whoops, sorry, "Thinly challenged". I wonder if I can sue the networks for airing "Fat" Albert, or "My big fat greek wedding".(Heeey what if I am fat and greek, I could take two dips from the pot) Maybe I should call John Edwards now, I hear hes looking work!
  • by Joe Location: Ahoskie on Sep 21, 2008 at 10:02 AM
    I do not think it is a good idea to stop using the names. If you think about it the schools are honoring the names by useing them. Those teams wear those names with pride. You might find a couple people with native american heritage to disagree but most would not mind being honored in such a way.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Sep 21, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    It is Sunday morning. As I look at the headline page there are 28 headlines on the first page. Of those 28 headlines, 16 of them deal with some sort of crime committed. If it isn't murder, it's sex, money, or power that is the basis of the crime. I don't really think that school mascots represented by American Indians is anything we even need to discuss. To those that are even remotely concerned about this, they obviously have their heads stuck in the sand. Why is this even an issue, much less one that is actually on anyone's radar? I think that if anyone actually WASTED the time to check, one would find that most REAL American Indian descendants probably don't care. I'm not talking about those with some minor percentage of so called Indian blood either. Everyone seems to want to claim some miniscule amount that is so minor it is irrelevant. If you are so white that no one would know you have some American Indian blood with out you announcing it....shut up! Your not an Indian.
  • by Alan Location: Tarboro, NC on Sep 19, 2008 at 10:16 AM
    This is crazy. All of these mascot names portray native americans in a positive way. They are often proud, courageous, and will take on anyone. I see schools with indian mascot names are in a way honoring them, not meaning it in a negative way. People are too sensitive. Next up? Animal rights groups saying that the Georgia Bulldogs have no reason to do battle with LSU Tigers because these animals shouldn't fight and kids may feel scared to hear that the Tigers killed the Bulldogs in action on Saturday. Then what will the NFL do with the Bears vs the Lions? Zoo freaks will just die.
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Sep 19, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    People are too sensitive and need to worry about the MUCH bigger problems in this country.

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