Naming something after something or somebody usually expresses reverence.
Pretty much anybody would love to have a team named after them!
Are New England Patriots making derogatory statement about Patriots? Are lions, tigers. cardinals or oilers supposed to be upset?
I would think, the purging of “native” symbols from US sports is really derogatory to them!
By the way the main Navaho high school in AZ has a team named, guess what?, Redskins!
Boy, those Navajos must hate Native Americans.