Journalist upset real Indians aren’t offended by ‘Redskins’

Journalist upset real Indians aren’t offended by ‘Redskins’

The recent wave of left-wing discussion panels calling for the Redskins to change their name seems to have died off, but not everyone has given up hope. Paul Woody of the Richmond Times-Dispatch identifies himself as someone who would like to see it change. To bolster his case, he went and spoke to leaders from three different Virginia tribes of Native Americans.

Give Woody credit for bringing back the results, because none of the Native Americans he spoke to are offended by it.

“It doesn’t bother me,” said Robert Green, 66 and chief of the Patawomeck Tribe in Virginia. “About 98 percent of my tribe is Redskins fans, and it doesn’t offend them, either.”

Kevin Brown, 58 and chief of the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia, said, “I’m a Redskins fan, and I don’t think there’s any intention for (the nickname) to be derogatory. The majority of the people in my tribe don’t have a problem with it. There are a few who do, and we respect their feelings.

Woody should have known, and he could have just gone back a few years to find the survey of Native Americans done by the Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2003 and 2004. From a sample of 768 American Indians, they found that 90 percent don’t mind the Redskins, and only 9 percent do.

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