The national debate about whether Washington’s NFL team should change its Redskins nickname has been ongoing for years. There’s been a somewhat significant recent push to get the team to change its moniker — held since 1933 — but team owner Dan Snyder says he’ll never change the name and insists that it’s intended to honor Native Americans, not disrespect them.
And, according to a new study by the Washington Post, most Native Americans still say they aren’t bothered by the name. Despite the resurgence of pressure to move away from Redskins, a new poll from WaPo determined that 9 out of 10 Native Americans don’t find the name offensive.
Among the Native Americans reached over a five-month period ending in April, more than 7 in 10 said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. An even higher number — 8 in 10 — said they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name.
The Post report also included a variety of responses from Native Americans on how they feel regarding the name. There are those who liked it:
“I’m proud of being Native American and of the Redskins,” said Barbara Bruce, a Chippewa teacher who has lived on a North Dakota reservation most of her life. “I’m not ashamed of that at all. I like that name.”