The term dates back to the institutionalized genocide of Native Americans when colonial government placed a bounty on their heads. The governments required colonist to produce a scalp to prove that they had killed Native Americans so they could collect their bounties.
These bloody scalps were known as “redskins.”
Both the American Psychological Association and the American Sociology Association call for the immediate retirement of all Indigenous mascots, symbols, images and personalities. This is due to the fact that racist and racial discriminations threaten human development especially for children, they drastically lowers the self esteem of indigenous people again especially for children, and they harm indigenous people in psychological, educational and social ways. All stereotypes manufactured by dominant cultures or inherited from past cultures damage not only the children and adult members of the targeted class, but other protected classes of people because it provokes more acts of discrimination and instills a sense of entitlement to the perpetrators.
There is no honor in racism. Change the name.