Washington Redskins football team, associated with Native Americans since 1932 when it originated as the Braves in Boston, has lost its most recent case in a short history of law suits alleging their name and logo are disparaging to Native Americans.
This case was filed by five Native Americans. Hardly a class action representing first nation people as a whole.
In fact, only a small percentage of Americans, including Native Americans, find the name offensive. A series of polls taken by a variety of organizations beginning in 2004 found an overwhelming majority of American Indians found the name acceptable. In 2004, a poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania concluded that 91% of the American Indians surveyed in the 48 states on the mainland USA found the name acceptable. A 2013 USA Today poll found widespread support for the Redskins name. The poll indicated that 79% of Americans polled believed that the Redskins should keep their name. A 2014 AP poll showed that 83% felt the team should keep its name.
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