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Native Americans Challenge How They Are Depicted

ABC NEWS – Native Americans or if you prefer American Indians, have been a part of America since the beginning.  Many states, rivers, cities, buildings etc…carry either their name or reflect their influence on today’s way of life.

Why, even several sports teams carry their names or use a representation of the Indian nation as part of their trademark and yet there are those who have opposed this practice and have focused their efforts on removing any image or reference to the Indian culture.

Spokesman Robert Roche says, “It has been offensive since day one. We are not mascots. My children are not mascots.”

The long standing controversy is primarily aimed at teams like the Cleveland Indians, the Washington Redskins and the Atlanta Braves but if the campaign is successful, we could see a trickle down effect taking place that will change the names of other less public sports organizations.

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