The Redskin mascot name began in the 1920s, when Arvada High School coach Tom Vanderhoof wanted his players to have uniforms. So he ordered red shirts. After the team worked out (and sweated heavily!), they removed their shirts only to find that the dye had run onto their skins. So the Coach thought that the team should be called "Redskins". But on thinking about the name, he decided to contact all Native American tribes in the state of Colorado to ask their permission to use the name. Permission was granted.
However, by the 1990s, Native Americans became concerned about the misuse of the term "Redskin", and launched a nationwide campaign to eliminate this designation from sports teams, many of whom had caricatured "Redskins" in a negative fashion. In Arvada, the Redskin mascot was always presented with respect, and admiration, for our native forbears. Nonetheless, under pressure, Arvada High School decided to eliminate the Redskin mascot in the late 1990s. Initially, they were known as the "Reds", and a few years ago, the mascot became the Bulldog.
Like you, many native Arvadans continue to mourn the loss of our "Redskins". Redskin memorabilia can still be found at the Arvada Historical Society, where many members graduated as Redskins.
Arvada Historical Society