List of sports team names and mascots derived from indigenous peoples

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There is considerable controversy over these team names and mascots because various groups, including some representing indigenous peoples, view them as disrespectful, racist and offensive. The National Congress of American Indians, the largest organization representing enrolled tribal citizens in the United States, issued a resolution opposing continued usage of Native American team names, mascots, and logos by non-Native teams. Numerous educational, academic, civil rights, athletic, and religious organizations have done the same.

Some teams that are themselves Native American continue to use the names Indians, Braves, and Redskins; while certain tribes have granted permission to use their specific names, as in the case of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation[1] and the Seminole Tribe of Florida[2] for Central Michigan University and Florida State University, respectively.

Many teams and fans support the continued use of these names as a long-standing tradition, and citing public opinion polls indicating the names are not offensive to a majority, including Native Americans. The usual statement is that "We are honoring Indians with our mascot", which is disputed for many reasons:[3]

  • Why, if the intention is to "honor," are non-Indian schools themselves not named, more often, after an Indian leader? Why is it just the schools' mascots?
  • If having an "Indian" mascot is a way of "honoring" Indians, why are not other entire racial groups scrambling to be so honored?
  • Is it possible that there's a subconscious cultural pathology involved in White people who decimated Indian culture turning around and making them and their culture a mascot for sporting events?
  • Is making Indians into one-dimensional mascots a not-so-subtle way of further humiliating Indians while using the language of "honor" to hide that fact, even from ourselves?
  • Why, if the intention is to "honor" Indian heritage is that same heritage put into the position of being dishonored by the opposing team and fans at a sporting event?
  • Isn't the premise upon which a mascot is chosen based more on expressing one's power to defeat the opponent than to 'honor' the mascot itself.
  • Is it possible that the use of the term "honoring" is simply a way to delude oneself into thinking that taking someone else's culture and trivializing it at a sporting event is acceptable?
  • Do your students integrate into the school's life and curriculum the study of Indian sovereignty issues, US abrogation of treaty obligations, forced removals, Wounded Knee, or the long trail of suffering we who make them our mascots exacted on American Indians?
  • Is it possible that the fact that "Indians" are used so often as mascots while other racial groups are not, is simply a reflection of modern day White privilege exercising its majority power over a small, relatively powerless minority?
  • If one is truly "honoring" Indians by using their imagery as a sport mascot, why does that "honoring" not extend to hearing the representative Indian organizations express the desire not to be stereotyped as violent and "savage" and not to have their sacred culture used for fun and games? Where is the "honoring" in turning a deaf ear to these concerns?
  • Is not the real purpose of a mascot to put fear in the opponent, provide the fans with a means for smashing the opponent's team? Does placing Indian culture in that position "honor" that culture or perpetuate TV Western's stereotype of American Indians?
  • How is it not paternalistic to say one is "honoring" Indians by using "Indian" mascots when it has stated clearly that such use of Indian imagery and logos in public school mascots is offensive and harmful to Indian students?
  • How can one defend using an "Indian" mascot by pointing to approval by a single Indian student or a single Indian teacher when the Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Education Association, the Society of Indian Psychologists, and many other Tribal organizations have urged educators to re-think and retire these images?

Professional teams[edit]

American football[edit]

Association football (soccer)[edit]






Canadian football[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]




Amateur and school teams[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

High schools[edit]

The following high schools are listed in alphabetical order by team name:








South Doyle High School, Knoxville, Tennessee






Eskimos or Eskymos[edit]


  • Adair County High School (Columbia, Kentucky)[13]
  • Albany High School (Albany, Georgia)
  • Altamont High School, Altamont, Illinois
  • Alvarado High School, Alvarado, Texas
  • Amesbury High School, Amesbury, Massachusetts
  • Anacoco High School, Anacoco, Louisiana
  • Anacostia High School, Washington, D.C.
  • Andale High School, Andale, Kansas
  • Anderson High School, Anderson, Indiana
  • Arapaho High School, Arapaho, Oklahoma
  • Arickaree High School, Anton, Colorado
  • Armijo High School, Fairfield, California
  • Armuchee High School, Rome, Georgia
  • Asher High School, Asher, Oklahoma
  • Athens High School, Athens, Michigan
  • Avinger High School, Avinger, Texas
  • Baldwin Middle-Senior High School, Baldwin, Florida
  • Bartlett Junior Senior High School, Webster, Massachusetts
  • Berkeley Springs High School, Berkeley Springs WV
  • Berlin High School, Berlin WI
  • Billerica Memorial High School, Billerica MA
  • Biloxi High School, Biloxi MS
  • Bismarck High School, Bismarck MO
  • Brentwood High School, Brentwood NY
  • Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport WV
  • Brimfield High School, Brimfield IL
  • Broken Bow High School, Broken Bow NE
  • Browning High School, Browning MT
  • Browning Indians, Blackfeet Reservation
  • Buhl High School, Buhl ID
  • Burroughs High School, Burbank CA
  • Byhalia High School, Byhalia MS
  • Caddo Hills High School, Norman AR
  • Calumet High School, Chicago IL
  • Camanche High School, Camanche IA
  • Cambridge High School, Cambridge NY
  • Campbell High School, Campbell TX
  • Canal Winchester High School, Canal Winchester OH
  • Canaseraga High School, Canaseraga NY
  • Candor High School, Candor NY
  • Carlisle High School, Price TX
  • Carlisle High School (Carlisle, Ohio)
  • Carlyle High School, Carlyle IL
  • Carrollton High School, Carrollton AL
  • Catoosa High School, Catoosa OK
  • Cedarville High School, Cedarville OH
  • Central High School, Cheyenne WY
  • Central High School, St. Joseph MO
  • Charlton County High School, Folkston GA
  • Chattooga High School, Summerville GA
  • Cherokee High School (Alabama), Cherokee AL
  • Cherokee High School, (Tennessee) Cherokee TX
  • Chesaning High School, Chesaning MI
  • Cheyenne Mountain High School, Colorado Springs CO
  • Chiefland High School, Chiefland FL
  • Chilhowee High School, Chilhowee MO
  • Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach FL
  • Cincinnati Country Day High School, Cincinnati OH
  • Clark County High School, Kahoka MO
  • Clarke High School, Osceola IA
  • Clarksville High School, Clarksville IA
  • Clearwater High School, Clearwater KS
  • Cleveland High School, Cleveland TX
  • Clifton-Fine High School, Star Lake NY
  • Cobre High School, Bayard NM
  • Colbert County High School, Leighton AL
  • Colville High School, Colville WA
  • Comanche High School, Comanche TX
  • Comanche High School, Comanche OK
  • Conemaugh Township High School, Davidsville PA
  • Conneaut Lake High School, Conneaut Lake PA
  • Conneaut Valley High School, Conneautville PA
  • Copley High School, Copley OH
  • Cord-Charlotte High School, Charlotte AR
  • Couch Myrtle High School, MO
  • Council Rock North High School, Newtown PA
  • County Line High School, Branch AR
  • Cowanesque Valley High School, Westfield PA
  • Coxsackie-Athens High School, Coxsackie NY
  • Cross Keys High School, Atlanta GA
  • Dakota High School, Dakota IL
  • Danville High School, Danville VT
  • Dartmouth High School, South Dartmouth MA
  • Delaplaine High School, Delaplaine AR
  • Dobyns-Bennett High School, Kingsport TN
  • Dodge County High School, Eastman GA
  • Donegal High School, Mt. Joy PA
  • Douglass High School, Douglass TX
  • DuQuoin High School, DuQuoin IL
  • East Bay High School, Gibsonton FL
  • East Coweta High School, Sharpsburg GA
  • East Limestone High School, Athens AL
  • East Robertson High School, Cross Plains TN
  • El Reno High School, El Reno OK
  • Elko High School, Elko NV
  • Elsberry High School, Elsberry MO
  • Elton High School, Elton LA
  • Fair Park High School, Shreveport LA
  • Fairfield High School, Fairfield OH
  • Fairfield High School, Cincinnati OH
  • Farmington High School, Farmington CT
  • Flandreau Indian High School, Flandreau SD
  • Forest City High School, Forest City IA
  • Fort Davis High School, Fort Davis TX
  • Fort Defiance High School VA[14]
  • Fort Osage High School, Independence MO
  • Fort Recovery High School, Fort Recovery OH
  • Fort White High School, Fort White FL
  • Four Winds High School (Spirit Lake Reservation), Fort Totten ND
  • Fourche Valley High School, Briggsville AR
  • Franklin High School (Reisterstown, Maryland)
  • Frankston High School, Frankston TX
  • Fullerton Union High School, Fullerton CA
  • Gaffney High School, Gaffney SC
  • Ganado High School, Ganado TX
  • Gar-Field Senior High School, Woodbridge VA
  • Giddings State High School, Giddings TX
  • Gilbert High School, Gilbert SC
  • Girard High School, Girard OH
  • Glens Falls High School, Glens Falls NY
  • Grafton Memorial High School, Grafton MA
  • Grand Ridge High School, Grand Ridge FL
  • Grand Saline High School, Grand Saline TX
  • Greenville High School, Greenville CA
  • Greenwood High School, Greenwood WI
  • Groton High School, Groton NY
  • Groveton High School, Groveton TX
  • Guilford High School, Guilford CT
  • H.C. Wilcox Technical High School, Meriden CT
  • Hallsville High School, Hallsville MO
  • Hancock County High School, Sneedville TN
  • Hanover High School, Hanover MA
  • Happy Camp High School, Happy Camp CA
  • Harlandale High School, San Antonio TX
  • Harpeth High School, Kingston Springs TN
  • Hart High School, Newhall CA
  • Hartford High School, Hartford MI
  • Haskell High School, Haskell TX
  • Hays High School, Hays KS
  • Hayti High School, Hayti MO
  • Hazlehurst High School, Hazlehurst MS
  • Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro OH
  • Holt High School, Wentzville MO
  • Holy Cross High School, Covington KY
  • Hononegah High School, Rockton IL
  • Hoosic Valley High School, Schaghticoke NY
  • Hoxie High School, Hoxie KS
  • Huckabay High School, Stephenville TX
  • Immokalee High School, Immokalee FL
  • Indian Lake Central High School, Indian Lake NY
  • Indian River High School, Dagsboro DE
  • Indiana High School, Indiana PA
  • Indianola High School, Indianola IA
  • Irwin County High School, Ocilla GA
  • Istrouma High School, Baton Rouge LA
  • Itawamba Agricultural High School, Fulton MS
  • Jackson High School, Jackson MO
  • Jackson North Side High School, Jackson TN
  • Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville TX
  • Jefferson High School, Daly City CA
  • Jim Ned High School, Tuscola TX
  • John Jay High School, Cross River NY
  • Johnston City High School, Johnston City IL
  • Jourdanton High School, Jourdanton TX
  • Juniata High School, Mifflintown PA
  • Karnack High School, Karnack TX
  • Keller High School, Keller TX
  • Kelly High School, Wise VA
  • Kennett High School, Kennett MO
  • Keshequa High School, Nunda NY
  • Ketcham High School, Wappingers Falls NY
  • Kewaskum High School, Kewaskum WI
  • Keya Paha County High School, Springview NE
  • Keystone Heights High School, Keystone Heights FL
  • Kiowa High School, Kiowa CO
  • Lake Central High School, St. John IN
  • Lane Technical College Prep High School, Chicago IL
  • Larned High School, Larned KS
  • Lawrenceville High School, Lawrenceville IL
  • Lehighton Area High School, Lehighton, PA
  • Lemont High School, Lemont IL
  • Lenape High School, Medford NJ
  • Letchworth High School, Gainesville NY
  • Lewistown High School, Lewistown IL
  • Liberty High School, Liberty NY
  • Lipan High School, Lipan TX
  • Little Axe High School, Norman OK
  • Loachapoka High School, Loachapoka AL
  • Lodge Grass High School, Lodge Grass MT
  • Loveland High School, Loveland CO
  • Lumpkin County High School, Dahlonega GA
  • Lutie High School, Theodosia MO
  • Lyme Central High School, Chaumont NY
  • Madison Central High School, Richmond KY
  • Mahnomen High School, Mahnomen MN
  • Mahnomen/Waubun High School, Mahnomen MN
  • Mahopac High School, Mahopac NY
  • Manchester High School, Manchester CT
  • Manhasset High School, Manhasset NY
  • Manhattan High School, Manhattan KS
  • Marengo High School, Marengo IL
  • Maricopa High School, Maricopa CA
  • Marietta High School, Marietta OK
  • Marion High School, Marion IA
  • Marked Tree High School, Marked Tree AR
  • Marysville High School, Marysville CA
  • Mascoutah High School, Mascoutah IL
  • McEachern High School, Powder Springs GA
  • Mechanicsburg High School, Mechanicsburg OH
  • Medicine Lodge High School, Medicine Lodge KS
  • Menomonee Falls High School, Menomonee Falls WI
  • Meredosia-Chambersburg High School, Meredosia IL
  • Milan High School, Milan IN
  • Milford High School, Milford CT
  • Millersburg High School, Millersburg PA
  • Minatare High School, Minatare NE
  • Minooka High School, Minooka IL
  • Mishicot High School, Mishicot WI
  • Mississinewa High School, Gas City IN
  • Mohawk High School, Marcola OR
  • Molalla High School, Molalla OR
  • Montgomery Central High School, Cunningham TN
  • Montgomery County High School, Mt. Sterling KY
  • Montrose High School, Montrose CO
  • Montville High School, Oakdale CT
  • Morton High School, Morton TX
  • Mosinee High School, Mosinee WI
  • Mountain Valley High School, Saguache CO
  • Mountain Valley/Moffat High School, Saguache CO
  • Mt. Gilead High School, Mt. Gilead OH
  • Mukwonago High School, Mukwonago WI
  • Muncy High School, Muncy PA
  • Murray County High School, Chatsworth GA
  • Napa High School, Napa CA
  • Navajo High School, Altus OK
  • Negreet High School, Negreet LA
  • Neoga High School, Neoga IL
  • New Hope High School, New Hope AL
  • Newberry High School, Newberry MI
  • Newington High School, Newington CT
  • Newington/Berlin High School, Newington CT
  • Newton Local High School, Pleasant Hill OH
  • Nezperce High School, Nezperce ID
  • Nocona High School, Nocona TX
  • North Shawnee High School, Mission KS
  • North Brookfield High School, North Brookfield MA
  • North Central High School, Spokane WA
  • North East High School, North East MD
  • North Haven High School, North Haven CT
  • North Haven/Amity/Cheshire High School, North Haven CT
  • North Hills High School, Pittsburgh PA
  • Northside Vernon TX
  • Northumberland High School, Heathsville VA
  • Northwest High School, Canal Fulton OH
  • Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford CT
  • Norwood High School, Norwood OH
  • Nyack High School, Upper Nyack NY
  • Nyack/Tappan Zee High School, Upper Nyack NY
  • Odessa-Montour High School, Odessa NY
  • Ogallala High School, Ogallala NE
  • Ohatchee High School, Ohatchee AL
  • Oklahoma School for the Deaf, Sulphur OK
  • Oneida High School, Oneida TN
  • Oneida High School, Oneida NY
  • Onteora High School, Boiceville NY
  • Orangeburg Prep High School, Orangeburg SC
  • Osage High School, Kaiser MO
  • Osage City High School, Osage City KS
  • Osceola High School, Osceola MO
  • Oshkosh West High School, Oshkosh WI
  • Oskaloosa High School, Oskaloosa IA
  • Oswego High School, Oswego KS
  • Owego Free Academy High School, Owego NY
  • Pacific High School, Pacific MO
  • Paint Rock High School, Paint Rock TX
  • Palm Springs High School, Palm Springs CA
  • Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale NJ
  • Passaic High School, Passaic NJ
  • Pawnee High School, Pawnee IL
  • Pawnee City High School, Pawnee City NE
  • Pawnee/Divernon High School, Pawnee IL
  • Pecatonica High School, Pecatonica IL
  • Peebles High School, Peebles OH
  • Penn Hills High School, Pittsburgh PA
  • Pennsauken High School, Pennsauken NJ
  • Peru High School, Peru NY
  • Peters Township High School, McMurray PA
  • Pinson Valley High School, Pinson AL
  • Piqua High School, Piqua OH
  • Plainview High School, Ardmore OK
  • Pocahontas High School, Pocahontas VA
  • Pocahontas High School, Pocahontas IA
  • Pocahontas/Pomeroy-Palmer High School, Pomeroy IA
  • Pocatello High School, Pocatello ID
  • Pocola High School, Pocola OK
  • Ponca High School, Ponca NE
  • Pontiac High School, Pontiac IL
  • Poplar High School, Poplar MT
  • Port Neches-Groves High School, Port Neches TX
  • Portage High School, Portage IN
  • Powell Valley High School, Speedwell TN
  • Powhatan High School, Powhatan VA
  • Poyen High School, Poyen AR
  • Prairie Lea High School, Prairie Lea TX
  • Preston High School, Preston ID
  • Puxico High School, Puxico MO
  • Quanah High School, Quanah TX
  • Rahway High School, Rahway NJ
  • Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, Ravena NY
  • Reardan High School, Reardan WA
  • Red Jacket High School, Shortsville NY
  • Renton High School, Renton WA
  • Richfield Springs Central High School, Richfield Springs NY
  • Riesel High School, Riesel TX
  • Ripon High School, Ripon CA
  • Rittman High School, Rittman OH
  • Roosevelt High School, Yonkers NY
  • Roseburg High School, Roseburg OR
  • Roxborough High School, Philadelphia PA
  • Rural Retreat High School, Rural Retreat VA
  • Russellville High School, Russellville MO
  • Sac City High School, Sac City IA
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School, Hallettsville TX
  • Sanborn Regional High School, Kingston NH
  • Sandwich Community High School, Sandwich IL
  • Sanford High School, Sanford CO
  • Sanger High School, Sanger TX
  • Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe TX
  • Satanta High School, Satanta KS
  • Saugatuck High School, Saugatuck MI[15]
  • Sauquoit Valley High School, Sauquoit NY
  • Scappoose High School, Scappoose OR
  • Schoharie High School, Schoharie NY
  • Seminole High School, Seminole TX
  • Seminole County High School, Donalsonville GA
  • Seneca High School, Seneca WI
  • Seneca High School, Seneca MO
  • Sequatchie County High School, Dunlap TN
  • Sequoyah High School, Tahlequah OK
  • Sewanhaka High School, Floral Park NY
  • Seymour High School, Payson IL
  • Shady Side Academy, Pittsburgh PA
  • Shamokin Area High School, Coal Township PA
  • Shattuck High School, Shattuck OK
  • Shawnee High School, Lima OH
  • Shelter Island High School, Shelter Island NY
  • Shelter Island/Ross High School, Shelter Island NY
  • Shoshone High School, Shoshone ID
  • Sissonville High School, Charleston WV
  • Skowhegan Area High School, Skowhegan ME
  • Sleepy Eye High School, Sleepy Eye MN
  • Souderton High School, Souderton PA
  • South Bend High School, South Bend WA
  • Southampton High School, Courtland VA
  • Southern High School, Salineville OH
  • Southern Choctaw High School, Gilbertown AL
  • Southern Fulton High School, Warfordsburg PA
  • Spirit Lake High School, Spirit Lake IA
  • St. Francis High School, St. Francis KS
  • St. Joseph High School, South Bend IN
  • St. Paul High School, St. Paul KS
  • St. Stephens High School, Hickory NC
  • St. Vincent High School, Perryville MO
  • Stafford High School, Falmouth VA
  • Stamford Central High School, Stamford NY
  • Stebbins High School, Riverside OH
  • Stephens County High School, Toccoa GA
  • Stilwell High School, Stilwell OK
  • Stockbridge Valley High School, Munnsville NY
  • Strafford High School, Strafford MO
  • Strasburg High School, Strasburg CO
  • Susquehanna Township High School, Harrisburg PA
  • Swett High School, Crockett CA
  • Tallulah Falls High School, Tallulah Falls GA
  • Tarkio High School, Tarkio MO
  • Tecumseh High School (Michigan), Tecumseh MI
  • Tekonsha High School, Tekonsha MI
  • The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, The Dalles OR (Indian Eagles, after early 2000's merger of two schools: TDHS Indians and Wahtonka Eagles)
  • Tioga High School, Tioga LA
  • Tishomingo High School, Tishomingo OK
  • Toledo High School, Toledo WA
  • Toms River South High School, Toms River NJ
  • Touchet High School, Touchet WA
  • Towns County High School, Hiawassee GA
  • Turners Falls High School, Montague MA
  • Twin Lakes High School, Monticello IN
  • Union City High School, Union City IN
  • Unionville High School, Kennett Square PA
  • Upper Perkiomen High School, Pennsburg PA
  • Valley High School, Lucasville OH
  • Van-Far High School, Vandalia MO
  • Venice High School, Venice FL
  • Vero Beach High School, Vero Beach FL
  • Vici High School, Vici OK
  • Vidalia High School, Vidalia GA
  • Waite High School, Toledo OH
  • Wapanucka High School, Wapanucka OK
  • Wapello High School, Wapello IA
  • Ware High School, Ware MA
  • Washington-Marion High School, Lake Charles LA
  • Waterloo High School, Waterloo NY
  • Watertown High School, Watertown CT
  • Watertown/Pomperaug High School, Watertown CT
  • Waterville High School, Waterville NY
  • Waterville/Madison Central High School, Waterville NY
  • Waukon High School, Waukon IA
  • Wauseon High School, Wauseon OH
  • Waxahachie High School, Waxahachie TX
  • Wayne City High School, Wayne City IL
  • Wayne Valley High School, Wayne NJ
  • Waynesboro High School, Waynesboro PA
  • Weehawken High School, Weehawken NJ
  • Weeping Water High School, Weeping Water NE
  • Weequahic High School, Newark NJ
  • Wells High School, Wells NY
  • West Allegheny High School, Imperial PA
  • West Canada Valley High School, Newport NY
  • West Forest High School, Tionesta PA
  • West Seneca High School, West Seneca NY
  • Western High School, Latham, OH Western Local Schools
  • Westminster Catawba Christian High School, Rock Hill, SC[16]
  • Wetumpka High School, Wetumpka AL[17]
  • Weyauwega-Fremont High School, Weyauwega WI[18]
  • White Cloud High School, White Cloud MI[19]
  • Wichita County High School, Leoti, KS[20]
  • Wicomico High School, Salisbury, MD[21]
  • Wilcox RVT, Meriden CT
  • Williford High School, Williford AR[22]
  • Winnebago High School, Winnebago, IL[23]
  • Winnebago High School, Winnebago NE[24]
  • Yazoo City High School, Yazoo City MS[25]
  • Ysleta High School, El Paso TX[26]
  • Yuma High School, Yuma CO[27]




Red Raiders[edit]

  • Belmont High School (New Hampshire) [28]
  • Cameron County High School (Emporium, PA)
  • Coatesville Area Senior High School (Coatesville, PA)
  • Decatur High School (Decatur, AL)
  • Iolani High School (Kaimuki, HI)
  • Kahuku High & Intermediate School (Laie, HI)
  • Massena Central High School (NY)
  • Port Richmond
  • Radnor High School (Radnor, PA)
  • Uniontown (PA)
  • Wagner (SD)
  • Wauwatosa (WI) East



  • Eaton Reds, Eaton, Colorado



Clinton High School (MI) Redskins







Edsel Ford High School Dearborn, MI

South Holland, IL



Middle school[edit]

  • Antioch Redskins of Plant City, FL, Youth Football[87]
  • Dearborn Heights Redskins Jr. Football, Dearborn Heights, MI[88]
  • Gaffney Middle School, Gaffney, South Carolina (Chiefs)
  • Gettysburg Area Middle School Braves
  • Granard Middle School, Gaffney, South Carolina (Warriors)
  • Grayling Redskins Youth Football, Grayling, MI[89]
  • J.D. Meisler Middle School, Metairie, Louisiana (Chiefs)
  • Lakeview Middle School, Rossville, Georgia (Warriors)
  • Lancaster Junior Redskins, Lancaster (village), NY[90]
  • Morden Redskins, South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League (amateur adult)[91]
  • Morris, IL – Little Redskins IKWF sanctioned wrestling club (K-8th grade) Uses a version of the DC team logo[92]
  • New Rock Redskins, Conyers, GA (Ages 6–12) Uses the DC team logo[93]
  • Orangeview J.H.S (Buena Park, CA) Warriors
  • Ohio Redskins Youth Sports (age 4-14), Columbus, OH[94]
  • Patterson Redskins Football (youth) Patterson, CA[95]
  • Rochester Redskins, Rochester Hills, MI[96]
  • Sarasota Redskins Youth Football, Sarasota, FL (age 4-14)[97]
  • South Cherokee Recreation Association (SCRA) Youth Footfall, Woodstock, GA Uses the DC team logo[98]
  • Sterling Heights Redskins, Sterling Heights, MI (youth) Uses the DC team logo[99]
  • Wayland Redskins, Wayland, NY (Youth Football ages 6–12)[100]
  • Woonsocket Redskins, Woonsocket, RI – Youth Football (K-9th grade) Uses the DC team logo[101]

Pop Warner Football League[edit]

Further information: Pop Warner Little Scholars
  • Albemarle Redskins, Virginia[102]
  • Bennetts Creek Warriors, Suffork, VA[103]
  • Derby Red Raiders, Derby CT[104]
  • East Bay Warriors, Oakland CA[105]
  • Fort Braden Chiefs, FL[106]
  • Immokalee Seminoles, FL[107]
  • Lower Sussex Indians, DE[108]
  • Nonnewaug Chiefs, Woodbury, CT[109]
  • Phoenix, AZ[110]
  • Pomperaug Warriors, Southbury, CT[111]
  • Reynolds Corner Redskins, Toledo OH[112]
  • Southland Comanches, CO[113]
  • Stratford Redskin, CT[114]
  • Water Oak Indians , Watertown, CT[115]
  • Western Albemarle Chiefs, Crozet, VA[116]
  • Willamette Redskins, Eugene OR[117]

Teams that no longer use Native American names or symbols[edit]


Old Name School City, State Year Changed New Name Notes
Beothuk Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada 1987 Sea-Hawks The Beothuk aboriginal peoples went extinct in 1829 and the university deemed the use of the Beothuk name to be offensive
Braves University of West Georgia Carrollton, Georgia 2006 Wolves
Braves Seneca College Toronto, Ontario 1999-2000 The Sting
Braves Quinnipiac University Hamden, Connecticut 2002 Bobcats
Brown Indians/Squaws St. Bonaventure University Allegany (town), New York 1979 Bonnies
Chiefs Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Stars
Chiefs Springfield College Springfield, Massachusetts Pride
Chieftains Seattle University Seattle, Washington Redhawks
Chieftains Stonehill College Easton, Massachusetts Skyhawks
Fighting Sioux University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota 2012 None yet selected
Hurons Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan Eastern Michigan Eagles The mascot is "Swoop"
Indians Adams State University Alamosa, Colorado Grizzlies
Indians Arkansas State University Jonesboro, Arkansas Arkansas State Red Wolves
Indians University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, Kentucky 2002 Patriots Originally Cumberland College, name changed 2005
Indians Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire 1970s Dartmouth Big Green Indians was not official
Indians Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, Texas 2006 Mustangs
Indians McMurry University Abilene, Texas 2006 War Hawks
Indians University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, Louisiana Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks
Indians Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana County, Pennsylvania 2007 IUP Crimson Hawks
Indians Stanford University Stanford, California 1972 Stanford Cardinal for the school color, a shade of red
Indians College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Virginia 1978 Tribe Mascot is the Griffin
Indians and Otahkians Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, Missouri 2004 Southeast Missouri State Redhawks "H" is NOT capitalized here, unlike the case with Miami's nickname.
Mohawks Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams, Massachusetts Trailblazers
Plainsmen Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, Nebraska Prairie Wolves
Red Raiders Colgate University Hamilton (village), New York Raiders
Redmen Carthage College Kenosha, Wisconsin Red Men/Lady Reds
Redmen University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts 1972 UMass Minutemen According to the University Redmen referred to the color of uniforms worn by the athletics teams
Redmen Northeastern State University Tahlequah, Oklahoma RiverHawks Founded as the Cherokee National Female Seminary
Redmen St. John's University New York City 1995 Red Storm The school's website indicates that the name did not refer to American Indians, but to the school color, a bright cardinal red.
Redmen and Lady Reds Simpson College Indianola, Iowa 1992 The Storm
Redskins Miami University Oxford, Ohio 1997 Miami RedHawks
Redskins Southern Nazarene University Bethany, Oklahoma Crimson Storm
Saltine Warrior Syracuse University Syracuse, New York Syracuse Orange
Savages Dickinson State University Dickinson, North Dakota 1972 Blue Hawks
Savages Eastern Washington University Cheney, Washington 1973 Eagles
Savages Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant, Oklahoma 2006 Savage Storm
Warriors Hartwick College Oneonta, New York 1994 Hawks
Warriors Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1994 Marquette Golden Eagles Retired the mascot "Willie Wampum" in 1971[118]

Pro and minor league[edit]

  • Many teams at this level changed because they moved to another city, or went out of business
Old Name Sport/League City, State Year Changed New Name Notes
Akron Indians National Football League Akron, OH Akron Pros Changed back to the Indians in 1926, then folded
Tri-Cities "Blackhawks" Baseball 1951 Atlanta Hawks Team was also the Milwaukee & St. Louis "Hawks"
Buffalo Braves National Basketball Association 1978 Los Angeles Clippers Also the San Diego Clippers
Burlington Indians Baseball Burlington Royals Affiliated with the Kansas City Royals
Canton/Akron Indians Minor League Baseball Akron, OH Aeros Former farm team for the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians (1921) National Football League Cleveland, Ohio defunct
Cleveland Indians (1931) National Football League Cleveland, Ohio defunct
Duluth Eskimos professional football Duluth, MN 1927 NA also known as the Duluth "Kelleys"
Flint Indians Michigan Baseball League
Kansas City Scouts National Hockey League now the New Jersey Devils First moved to Colorado and became the "Rockies"
Kinston Indians Minor League Baseball
Mexico City Aztecas Continental Basketball Association Mexico City NA Only one season 1994-95
Oorang Indians National Football League NA, defunct Consisting mostly of Native Americans
Ottawa Tomahawks National Basketball League of Canada Ottawa SeaHawks Name dropped shortly after announced due to controversy
Salisbury Indians Minor League Baseball Salisbury, Maryland NA Defunct
Springfield Indians Peoria, Illinois Rivermen First moved to Worcester and became the IceCats
Tecumseh Major Series Lacrosse (OALA Sr A) Toronto, ON 1911 Young Torontos

High schools[edit]


Defunct mascots[edit]

Fictional teams[edit]

"Chief" nickname[edit]

It is also common practice to use the nickname "Chief" for indigenous sportsmen. Some notable examples include:

However, use of the "Chief" nickname is not necessarily limited to indigenous sportsmen.

Kansas City mayor (1952–1960) H. Roe Bartle began his career as a Professional Boy Scout Executive, whereupon he founded an honor camping society (Mic-O-Say) for the Boy Scouts in the St Joseph, MO and Kansas City, MO Boy Scout Councils. As founder of Mic-O-Say and "Chief" (Lone Bear,as he was known in Mic-O-Say circles), Bartle was instrumental in bringing the AFL Dallas Texans to Kansas City, MO in 1963. The transplanted AFL franchise was renamed the "Chiefs" in his honor.

Basketball Hall of Famer Robert Parish, an African American, was nicknamed "The Chief", after Chief Bromden, a Native American character in the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and its film adaptation who pretended to be deaf and mute. Parish was originally given the nickname by Boston Celtics teammate Cedric Maxwell because of his stoic nature.

See also[edit]


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  14. ^ Augusta County
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  16. ^ Westminster Catawba Christian School
  17. ^ Wetumpka AL
  18. ^ Weyauwega-Fremont
  19. ^ White Cloud
  20. ^ Leoti
  21. ^ Salisbury, MD
  22. ^ Williford AR
  23. ^ Winnebago, IL
  24. ^ Winnebago NE
  25. ^ Yazoo City MS
  26. ^ El Paso TX
  27. ^ Yuma CO
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  30. ^ Anderson High School
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  32. ^ Belding MI
  33. ^ Pembroke GA
  34. ^ San Andreas CA
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  36. ^ Camden MI
  37. ^ Canisteo NY
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  39. ^ Chowchilla CA
  40. ^ Clinton MI
  41. ^ Colleen Wells (April 29, 2010). "Controversial Clinton School's Redskins mascot will stay". Toledo News Now. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  42. ^ Wilmington DE
  43. ^ Coshocton High School
  44. ^ Dustin OK
  45. ^ Knox IN
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  48. ^ Indian Creek High School
  49. ^ Kingston OK
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  51. ^ La Veta CO
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  53. ^ Little River KS
  54. ^ Loudon TN
  55. ^ Loudon Football
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  57. ^ "McLoud: Our-Community Is Proud Of Our Name". 
  58. ^ Momence IL
  59. ^ Morris IL
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  61. ^ Christian Menno (October 25, 2013). "Student newspaper to stop using school's 'Redskin' nickname". The Morning Call. 
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  63. ^ Oneonta AL
  64. ^ Oriskany NY
  65. ^ Paw Paw MI
  66. ^ Charlie Bermant. "Retire Port Townsend High's Redskins mascot, advisory panel says". Peninsula Daily News. 
  67. ^ Ringgold LA
  68. ^ Rush Springs OK
  69. ^ Sandusky MI
  70. ^ Saranac MI
  71. ^ Sayre PA
  72. ^ Wolf Lake, Illinois
  73. ^ Social Circle GA
  74. ^
  75. ^ Tulare CA
  76. ^ Wapakoneta OH
  77. ^ Wellpinit WA
  78. ^ Wichita KS
  79. ^ Broken Bow OK
  80. ^ Hot Springs HS
  81. ^ Lamar CO
  82. ^ Leflore OK
  83. ^ Quinton OK
  84. ^ Salmon, ID
  85. ^ Salmon River ID
  86. ^ Sigourney IA
  87. ^ Antioch Redskins
  88. ^ Dearborn Heights Redskins Jr. Football
  89. ^ Grayling Redskins Youth Football
  90. ^ Lancaster Junior Redskins
  91. ^ Morden Redskins
  92. ^ Little Redskins
  93. ^ New Rock Redskins
  94. ^ Ohio Redskins Youth Sports
  95. ^ Patterson Redskins Football
  96. ^ Rochester Redskins
  97. ^ Sarasota Redskins
  98. ^ South Cherokee Recreation Association
  99. ^ Sterling Heights Redskins
  100. ^ Wayland Redskins
  101. ^ Woonsocket Redskins
  102. ^ Albemarle Redskins Virginia
  103. ^ Bennetts Creek Warriors
  104. ^ Derby Red Raiders, CT
  105. ^ East Bay Warriors, Oakland CA
  106. ^ Fort Braden Chiefs, FL
  107. ^ Immokalee Seminoles, FL
  108. ^ Lower Sussex Indians, DE
  109. ^ Nonnewaug Chiefs, CT
  110. ^ Phoenix, AZ
  111. ^ Pomperaug Warriors, CT
  112. ^ Reynolds Corner Redskins, Toledo OH
  113. ^ Southland Comanches, CO
  114. ^ Stratford Redskin, CT
  115. ^ Water Oak Indians , CT
  116. ^ Western Albemarle Chiefs
  117. ^ Willamette Redskins, Eugene OR
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  119. ^ Cooperstown CS
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  131. ^ "Indians"?
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