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Guest Commentary: Why use "r--skin" word at all? - The Denver Post

17.11.15

Guest Commentary: Why use "r--skin" word at all? - The Denver Post: The court held the team's marks, including the word "r--skin" and related images, refer in a vulgar and offensive way to American Indians, thereby violating the act.

Historically, the word described the "skins" of Indians for which states paid bounties. The killers had to present the Indians' bloody bodies to collect their fees. As a Minnesota newspaper reported in 1863, "The State reward for dead Indians has been increased to $200 for every red-skin sent to Purgatory. This sum is more than the dead bodies of all the Indians east of the Red River are worth."


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