Union Public Schools: 'Redskins Is Not Derogatory,' Others Disag - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Union Public Schools: 'Redskins Is Not Derogatory,' Others Disagree

Posted: Updated:
The debate is on a new level as a federal agency canceled six of the Washington Redskin's trademarks, ruling the term Redskin disparaging. The debate is on a new level as a federal agency canceled six of the Washington Redskin's trademarks, ruling the term Redskin disparaging.
Robert Anquoe and Winnie Guess Perdue said Redskin is offensive because of the word's history. Robert Anquoe and Winnie Guess Perdue said Redskin is offensive because of the word's history.
A statement from Union Public Schools. A statement from Union Public Schools.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

The fight over whether to retire the term Redskin is escalating. It's not just in the NFL, many are wondering if Union Public Schools will consider wiping itself clean of the word.

The debate is on a new level as a federal agency canceled six of the Washington Redskin's trademarks, ruling the term Redskin disparaging.

"I think the term Redskin needs to be eliminated. It's always been a disparaging word," said Robert Anquoe with the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission.

Anquoe, a Kiowa tribal member, and Cherokee tribal member, Winnie Guess Perdue, are sending a letter to the NFL in support of a team name change. They said Redskin is offensive because of the word's history.

"Indian people were hunted and bounty was given based on proof of the kill," Anquoe said.

The word, and what it implies, has been a hot topic at Union Public Schools, home of the Redskins, since 2003. 11 years later, Guess Perdue said she's amazed that Oklahoma schools still promote mascots like the Redskin.

"If we cannot be honored in our own state, you know? Andrew Jackson sent us here over many trails of tears and we still persevere," Guess Perdue said.

A statement from Union reads, "Union community members of all races tell us this is not an issue divided strictly on the lines of race. In the Union community, "Redskins" is not derogatory; rather it defines a diverse, yet close-knit community that exhibits great pride and spirit in its schools."

"Frankly, I can't imagine that we're still in, almost, the dark ages, when it comes to this issue," said Guess Perdue.

As for the Washington Redskins, the team plans to fight the ruling, just like they did in 1992, and their attorney said he's confident they'll prevail this time as well.

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Cold Case

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.