I taught for a year out on the Three Affiliated Tribes (Fort Berthold) Reservation.When I started there I exclusively used the term Native American and they laughed at me.They preferred the term Indians.
It was a bit odd to me, but they would wear Braves, Chiefs, etc. headgear.I don't recall seeing any Chief Wahoo though.
I do recall them not being a fan of the Washington Redskins name or gear, and they were pretty vocal about that one.
Most of the students and adults seemed to defer to the Sioux tribes opinions about UND's name though, as most of them didn't identify as Sioux.I assume that the same would hold true for other specific tribal names such as the Seminoles and Aztecs.
My Take: Chief Wahoo was definitely bad, and Washington should definitely change their name.The specific tribal names should be left to the tribes.
IDK about the generic names like Braves, Chiefs, and Indians though.IDK the percentages across the board, but I can anecdotally say that the students I had seemed to view those more as homages then insults.There might be better information I'm missing and I'm welcome to hear it.
That is what I was always told in my limited conversations with Indians. Yet, even here, people prefer to assign them Native Americans. Interesting, no?
From another poster:
"The problem is this: naming a mascot after a now-living ethnic group--we don't do this to any group except First Nations people."
I guess, regardless of the qualification, we find from further discussion, that this is not true. Although, Indians and variations are certainly preferred in the history of naming athletic teams. And I don't know that I am part of the proverbial "we" when it comes to naming.
The Negro Leagues 100 year anniversary just passed, and celebrations recently happened. There is no call by anyone, as far as I know, to change the name of the leagues that were, nor the name of Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in KC. In fact, those involved that still live would be furious if somone, anyone or group, tried to change it, even those of their own race.
The main point I would make in this discussion, is that "Redskins" is nothing like Braves, Warriors, Chiefs, Seminoles, and Indians. It is so far to the extreme, and there is no question of honor. To classify without nuance is irresponsible and accademically unsound. I don't have the answer(s) going forward, but just like people trying to say Colin Kaepernick was saying something he wasn't by kneeling, and not listening to the only message it had, I will ignore the prejudice. I will tend to pay most attention to the Tribal people who are being offended, or not (as many aren't), and not the blevy of extemporaneous opinions.