Native American sports mascots topic of Smithsonian symposium

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The ongoing controversy and discussion over the use of Native American mascots in sports will be center stage at a symposium being held Thursday at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

The panel, which will be held at the downtown D.C. museum starting at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, will tackle the ever-present debate of racist stereotypes and cultural appropriation in the realm of professional and college sports.

Academics, members of the judicial and religious community and sportswriters will all be part of the symposium, held in the backyard of one of the team's that consistently sees itself in the center of this outcry - the Washington Redskins.

"The Smithsonian Institution is the ideal forum to bring people together to ask tough questions," American Indian Museum Director Kevin Gover said in a statement.

The symposium will be streamed live on the museum's website.