California becomes first state to ban 'Redskins'

It’s a nickname used by US sports teams for years, but now one state has banned the use of Redskins for teams and their mascots because it is viewed as offensive by Native Americans.

Washington Redskins helmet.

Washington Redskins helmet. Image by Keith Allison / CC BY-SA 2.0

The National Congress of American Indians applauded the move by California Governor Jerry Brown, saying that it was a ‘shining example’ to the rest of the country. Controversy over the name intensified earlier this year during the move of the Washington Redskins football, with even President Obama becoming involved in the debate. Read more:

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