Posted: Thursday February 7, 2013 1:55 PM

'Redskins' takes a beating at symposium on mascots

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Redskins are taking a beating at the Smithsonian.

The team's nickname - deemed by many as an offensive term toward Native Americans - was a prime topic of discussion at a daylong symposium Thursday at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Washington, D.C., native and University of North Florida professor E. Newton Jackson got a round of applause from the packed auditorium when he said he stopped using the nickname decades ago.

Other nicknames and mascots also came under scrutiny, including a red-skinned image named "Mr. Yakoo'' used by a high school in Massachusetts.

No one from the audience defended the Redskins name during the morning session. Organizers say the team did not respond to an invitation to participate.

 
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