The following is a ''list of sports team names and mascots derived from ethnic groups of peoples'' including generically used terms those named after specific peoples and words or iconography derived from indigenous languages or traditions
There is considerable controversy over these team names and mascots because various American Indians activist groups view them as disrespectful and offensive Most notably the National of American Indians] has issued a resolution opposing continued usage of Native team names mascots and logos Various tribal entities have also issued resolutions opposing usage as well According to a 2002 Sports Illustrated article (Price SL "The Indian Wars" March 4, 2002 pp 66-72) 83% of American Indian respondents to a Sports Illustrated poll said that professional teams should not stop using Indian nicknames mascots or symbols Scholars have challenged the Sports Illustrated findings on multiple grounds King et al. (2002) argue (1) the SI poll is problematic because it serves to distract readers from the history and implications of mascots (2) The survey features problematic sampling and identification issues produce non-representative and un-generalizable findings (for example Snipp (1992) writes of the difficulty involved in any quantitative research on American Indians in national polling) (3) SI decontextualizes mascots and the controversy about them (4) The article discussing the poll concludes that mascots are unproblematic merely because a majority of polled Native people say they are thus discounting the validity of a critical minority And (5) the consequences for public debate and social justice are ignored by the poll which treats the issue as critically as SI treats sports injuries or debate over which teams will make the playoffs
Syracuse Chiefs — The team changed its name from "Chiefs" to "SkyChiefs" from 1996–2006 but reverted to "Chiefs" in 2007 Today's Chiefs do not use any imagery related to indigenous peoples instead using railroad imagery
Grand Forks Central Redskins renamed the "Knights"
Grafton Blackhawks renamed to "Black Hawks"
Hartwick Warriors became the "Hawks" in 1994
Kansas City Scouts of the NHL moved to Colorado and became the Rockies now the New Jersey Devils
Louisiana-Monroe Indians now the "Warhawks"
Marquette Warriors became the "Golden Eagles" in 1994
UMass Redmen became the "Minutemen" in 1972 (According to the University "Redmen" and "Redwomen" referred to the uniforms worn by the atletics teams It was changed to "Minutemen" and "Minutewomen" out of sensitivity to American Indians)
MCLA Mohawks today the "Trailblazers"
Mexico City Aztecas
Miami Redskins now the "RedHawks"
Midwestern State Indians latterly the "Mustangs" as of the 2006 season
Nebraska Wesleyan Plainsmen today the "Prairie Wolves"
Oklahoma City U. Chiefs now the "Stars"
Oorang Indians an early NFL entry actually comprised mostly of American Indians
Parsippany High School Redskins Parsippany-Troy Hills NJ, now the "Redhawks"
Quinnipiac Braves became the "Bobcats" in 2002
St Bonaventure Brown Indians and Brown Squaws renamed the "Bonnies" in 1979
St John's University (New City)] formerly the "Redmen" became the "Red Storm" in 1995 to be gender-neutral and to avoid any appearance of racism The school's website indicates that the name did not refer to American Indians but to the school color a bright cardinal red
King C. Richard Ellen J. Staurowsky Lawrence Baca Laurel R. Davis and Cornel Pewewardy 2002 Of Polls and Prejudice: Sports Illustrated’s Errant ‘Indian Wars’ Journal of Sport & Social Issues 26 (4) November: 381-402
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