An Unusual Alliance Between Team And Tribe

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Football season has kicked off another round of scrutiny over how professional sports teams use Native American mascots.

The New York Daily News is no longer using the name "Redskins" to identify the team that plays in the nation's capital. It will now simply be called Washington. The paper says "No new franchise would consider adopting a name based on pigmentation — Whiteskins, Blackskins, Yellowskins or Redskins — today. The time has come to leave the word behind."

But in eastern Washington state, a minor league baseball team has earned the approval of its native namesake. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jessica Robinson of Northwest News Network reports.


  • Jessica Robinson, inland Northwest correspondent for Northwest News Network, reporting from the network’s bureau in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She tweets @jessixarobinson

This segment aired on September 4, 2014.


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