Teams like the Washington Redskins, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians have always used Native American imagery and mascots in their branding. Advocacy groups accuse them of cultural appropriation and playing on racial slurs. Are their claims justified? Is the use of Native American imagery a sign of respect for their culture? Is their offence justified?
Yes, it is offensive for sports teams to use Native American mascots
The use of native American names and mascots is not appropriate because it's cultural appropriation, racist and damaging.
Native American mascots damage young Native Americans' self-esteem
Seeing their culture mocked and laughed at damages the self-esteem of young Native Americans.