The PC police think that team names like "Seminoles", "Braves", etc. are perjorative and racist. These guys obviously have never rooted for a sports team - otherwise they'd realize you don't name your team after something you despise - but did the term "Redskin" have a racist connotation at inception? Smithsonian linguist Ives Goddard says "no":
For many Americans, both Indian and otherwise, the term "redskin" is a
grotesque pejorative, a word that for centuries has been used to disparage and
humiliate an entire people, but an exhaustive new study released today makes the
case that it did not begin as an insult.
Smithsonian Institution senior linguist Ives Goddard spent seven months researching its history and concluded that "redskin" was first used by Native Americans in the 18th century to distinguish themselves from the white "other" encroaching on their lands and culture.
But facts don't deter those suing the Washington Redskins:
Harjo argues that pejorative use of "redskin" grew from the practice of offering bounties to anyone who killed Indians. Bounty hunters "needed proof of kill, but they had a storage problem," she said. "Instead of a body, they accepted the 'redskin' or the genitalia, or scalps."
But while such bounty proclamations were issued as early as the mid-18th century, Harjo acknowledged that she has not found an early instance of "redskin" in such a context.
Never let facts get in your way. Read the whole thing here