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NFL’s Washington Redskins and the Oneida Nation

Joe Gibbs, professional football coach, at training camp for the Washington Redskins.

Joe Gibbs, professional football coach, at training camp for the Washington Redskins.

Looking for a good research paper topic for your course on Native American Studies? The news is ripe with one of the long controversial topics in that subject area: team mascots. Since the 1960s, there has been contention about the use of Native American tribal names – or, worse, slurs – as the names for sports or school teams. In 2005, the NCAA required schools with Native American team names to change their logos and mascots – unless they received a waiver from the tribe they were named after. And in 2013, the controversy has been stirred up again as the Oneida Nation launched an ad campaign during the NFL season, targeting National Football League team the Washington Redskins. Read more