Editorial: Rethink mascot opposition
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In an editorial today, The Grand Forks Herald says mascot opponents can no longer claim a majority of Native Americans oppose the use of Indians as team names, nicknames or other symbols.

The paper says a recent Sports Illustrated poll shows that most Native respondents don't want mascot names changed. According to the poll, which Sports Illustrated said took into account 351 Native Americans living on reservation and in urban areas, 83 percent said to keep things the way they are.

The poll, the paper writes, deals a "body blow" to activists who want the names removed. "Supporters of changing the name must face a cold fact," the paper says.

The poll appeared in the March 4 issue of the magazine. It is not available on the SI website.

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