There has been a lot of press going on about Indian mascots. Personally, I don't think they are meant to be offensive. A team name is something you rally around, not something you degrade. So Washington Redskins, FSU Seminoles, and the like have never bothered me. However, there is one team mascot that I have always thought was in really low class. The Texas Tech Red Raider. I have tried to research it, and have found nothing to say why it is a Red Raider. However, there was a Col. Mackenzie, who was famed for his raids on various indian tribes throughout West Texas. He does have the handlebar moustache like the Yosemite Sam-looking Raider mascot. IMO, Red Raider is the most prejudiced name out there because it celebrates the killing of native americans tribes. These raids were infamous for their attacks on indian women, children, and the elderly. It was Mackenzie's M.O. I don't have any links yet, but I'll try to post some later. I would appreciate it if anyone had any evidence one way or the other as to the origin of the Red Raider mascot.