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American Indian Organization Comments on Redskins Name

The National Congress of American Indians is calling for the elimination of Native American mascots in sports.
The National Congress of American Indians is calling for the elimination of Native American mascots in sports. 

Representatives with the NCAI say the mascot names play a role in racial inequality and lower the self esteem among Native American youth. 

The group says nearly one thousand organizations, like the Washington Redskins, have offensive mascots. 

NCAI director, Jacqueline Pata says, "It's time for a change, it's no longer acceptable, so it is no longer acceptable for us to hold on to those mascots that continue to oppress a people."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the Redskins name in Washington honors the tradition of Native Americans. 

President Obama recently weighed in the controversy, saying he would think about changing the name if he were the team's owner. 

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has repeatedly defended his team's mascot, saying "the name is not a label, but instead a badge of honor."

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