September 29, 2005

Calif. gov. vetoes bill banning Redskins team name

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger vetoed on Thursday a bill that would have banned
public schools from using "Redskins" as a sports team name
because it is racist.

"Administrative decisions regarding athletic team names,
nicknames or mascots should be retained at the local level,"
Schwarzenegger said in his written veto statement.

The Republican governor vetoed a similar bill last year. At
least five California public high schools have teams named the

The National Football League franchise in Washington
carries the Redskins name. But some U.S. universities have
changed team names that could be viewed as derogatory to
American Indians.

Stanford University in California changed its team name
from Indians to Cardinal in the early 1970s, and the National
Collegiate Athletic Association is trying to impose a ban on
the use of American Indian mascots, logos and nicknames by
university sports teams.