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In Arizona, a Navajo high school emerges as a defender of the Washington Redskins

In a front page story, The Washington Post reports of the overwhelming support the Redskins receive from the Native American families at Red Mesa High School. The article point out that “most of the people in Red Mesa not only reject claims that their team’s nickname is a slur, they have emerged as a potent symbol in the heated debate over the name of the more widely known Redskins — Washington’s NFL team.” These members of the Navajo Nation argue that Native Americans who disapprove of the team name are in the minority, and Red Mesa High School superintendent Tommie Yazzie noted, "“I don’t find it derogatory. It’s a source of pride.”

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