Activists criticize poll on offensiveness of Redskins' name

WASHINGTON (AP) Native American leaders and activists criticized a recent national poll that found nine of 10 Native Americans aren't offended by the Washington Redskins' name.

On a conference call held Friday by the National Congress of American Indians and ''Change the Mascot'' campaign, panelists voiced opposition to a Washington Post poll that surveyed 504 Native Americans, 90 percent of whom said the name doesn't bother them.

James Fenelon, a California State San Bernardino sociology professor, called the poll ''immoral,'' adding it was not representative of Native American communities. Amanda Blackhorse, lead plaintiff in the trademark case against the Redskins, said the ''misguided'' poll will not affect attempts to change the name.

National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata said: ''This issue is not about polling. This issue is about human rights.''

D.C. councilmember David Grosso said he hasn't been swayed and that the government wouldn't support the team moving back into the District unless the name was changed.

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