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Washington Redskins Debate Crescendos

Report calls on high-schools, colleges and pro-sports teams to end practice of naming teams after Indians.
DAVIDSVILLE, SOMERSET COUNTY - A recent report by the National Congress of American Indians heavily criticizing the Washington Redskins name and logo also criticizes high school and college teams with similar names and using Indian imagery.

"To truly honor Native peoples and our unique historical and contemporary place in American society, leaders, citizens, and even sports fans must step forward and act to end harmful 'Indian' mascots once and for all," concludes the report.

Since 1938, Conemaugh Township Middle-High School's sports teams have been known as the Indians, and according to the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal James Foster, that won't be changing.

"It's about respect," Foster said. "We're honoring the first Indian settlers," he added, referring to the Shawnee Indian tribe.

Foster acknowledged that some sports teams have used distasteful logos to portray Indians, but added Conemaugh stopped using a logo similar to that of the controversial Washington Redskins logo because of sensitivities.

Following the release of the report critical of the use of American Indian imagery for athletic teams, the Washington Redskins have come under heavy criticisms from various Indian groups, commentators and even the President for not changing the name or logo.

So far, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has indicated he is opposed to changing the team's name or logo.
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