Cleveland Indians to meet Native Americans on potential new name

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians will consult with Native American groups as the team plans to change their name for the first time since 1915.Owner Paul Dolan gave more details on the steps the team is taking for a potential name change within a national movement to remove racist symbols and monuments.

Earlier this week, Dolan met with Cleveland players, front office members and manager Terry Francona to discuss the possibility of a name change as well as other issues, such as social justice and relationships. racial.

Dolan called the talks “frank and productive.”

“Our players care about the organization and care about social justice and racial equality,” Dolan said on the eve of the opening of the team’s delayed season. “I support their interest in using their platform to unite our city and our nation through their actions.

“As I explained to our players, I am committed to engaging our community and the appropriate stakeholders to help determine the best course forward with regards to our team name. In the coming weeks, we’ll engage Native American leaders to better understand their perspectives, meet with local civic leaders, and continue to listen to the perceptions of our players, fans, partners and employees.

“We feel a real sense of urgency to discuss these perspectives with key stakeholders while taking the time necessary to ensure these conversations are inclusive and meaningful. ”

The decision to consider a name change follows the decision of the Washington NFL team to change their nicknames and remove a logo deemed racist and offensive by many.

Cleveland removed the controversial Chief Wahoo logo from its gaming caps and jerseys after the 2018 season. The cartoon had been a part of the team’s history since the 1930s.

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