As a Native American, former Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell lists four nicknames he finds offensive: savage, squaw, buck and redskin.
''It's fine if you want to be a savage - use your own picture,'' Campbell said.
Hurtful names and racial stereotypes were discussed and dissected Thursday in a daylong symposium at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, only a short stroll from the U.S. Capitol and right in the heart of Washington Redskins country.
''There's certain words you can't cover up and hide,'' Campbell said. ''They're wrong to the beginning and they're wrong to the end.''
The Redskins, in particular, took a beating from panelists and audience members in a packed auditorium that included many Native Americans and others joining them in solidarity. Organizers say the team did not respond to an invitation to participate, and no one from the audience defended the Redskins name as the discussions continued into the mid-afternoon.
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