According to NBC News, a Native American rights group will be filing a lawsuit against the Cleveland Indians regarding their team’s mascot, Chief Wahoo, who’s a red-faced character with a huge grin.
The group People Not Mascots will be filing the suit by the end of July, according to Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache who’s also been a staunch opponent of the symbol.
“It’s been offensive since day one,” he said. “We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people.”
The announcement comes in the wake of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office stripping the Redskins of their trademark because their team name was “disparaging” to Native Americans. Now the same Democrats who went after the Redskins’ team name are joining the chorus of the group and demanding the Indians change their logo.
Sen. Sherrod Brown supports keeping the team’s name but says the logo has to go. He’s one of 50 Senators that signed a letter opposing the Redskins’ name.
Chief Wahoo has been in use for by the Indians for over 60 years. Although last year the team started promoting an alternative logo that was just the letter “C,” which caused some people to think that Wahoo was a goner.
However Mike Brandyberry from the site “Did The Tribe Win Last Night” said that there’s widespread support for the chief, and that if there’s controversy about him it’s not a daily conversation.
“I would say the majority of Indians fans and Clevelanders support Chief Wahoo,” he said.
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