BuzzFeed.com — A recent study by the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at California State University, San Bernadino reports 67 percent of Native Americans find the Washington Redskins name and imagery racist.
James Fenelon, a professor of sociology and director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at Cal State San Bernardino, polled respondents individually in order to substantiate their Native American ancestry. Fenelon prioritized the verification of Native American identification while collecting more than 400 surveys. He told Indian Country Today Media Network that for him, this means the respondent is an “active enrolled member of a tribal group.”
An oft-cited 2004 survey had claimed only 9 percent of Native Americans found the name Redskins offensive, but the methodology has been criticized. Tribal status was not verified and Alaska, which has a significant Native population was excluded.
The article was published June 4, 2014.
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