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National Congress of American Indians Calls for Elimination of All Native American Mascots

Over the last week, controversy has surrounded the Washington Redskins. But not for their work on the field, instead their name.
Over the last week, controversy has surrounded the Washington Redskins. But not for their work on the field, instead their name.

Now the National Congress of American Indians is calling for the elimination of all 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.

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."

But the group says the Redskins is just one of many organizations with offensive mascots. Jacqueline Pata, NCAI Executive Director said, "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."

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