New Poll Says 9 of 10 Native Americans OK with Redskins Name

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 18: A Washington Redskins helmet sits on the grass during a preseason football game between the Redskins and Cleveland Browns at FedExField on August 18, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by TJ Root/Getty Images)

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 In May 2014, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder famously said, “We’ll never change [the team’s name]. It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.” In the two years since, letters have been sent, petitions have been filed, politicians have objected and the United States Patent Office cancelled the team’s trademark registration after deeming “Redskins” a derogatory term.

But a new Washington Post poll shows that Native Americans are unmoved by a national effort to change the team’s name.

The survey of 504 people in every state and the District reveals that the minds of Native Americans have remained unchanged since a 2004 poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found the exact same result. Responses to The Post’s questions about the issue were broadly consistent regardless of age, income, education, political party or proximity to reservations.

Specifically, more than 7 in 10 Native Americans surveyed said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. And 8 in 10 responded that they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name.


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