Why Va. tribes have stayed out of Redskins name controversy



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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Native Americans who took part in the 24th annual Great American Indian Exposition and Pow-Wow on Sunday are weighing in on the Washington Redskins name controversy.

Members explained why Virginia tribes have not been as vocal about the mascot controversy as other tribes around the nation.

“We are here to let people know we are still around we still exist,” said one participant.

More than 40 tribes from across the country attended the annual pow-wow, which celebrates November as Native American Heritage Month. The event aims to educate the public about the groups’ storied heritage.

But the discussion about the Washington Redskins team name was unavoidable for those on both sides of the debate.


“I’m so used to Washington being called the Redskins, it doesn’t offend me,” one man said.

However, another man said that if he left emotion out of and stuck…

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