Native Americans

FILE - James Watson, left, protests before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians, Monday, April 1, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians are changing their name _ they just don't know to what or when. Expressing that “it's time," team owner Paul Dolan said that after months of internal discussions and meetings with groups, including Native Americans who have sought to have the team stop using a moniker many deem racist, the American League franchise is dropping the name it has been known by since 1915. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, Dolan said: “The name is no longer acceptable in our world.”(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
December 16, 2020 - 6:12 pm
Colorful names for teams are nearly as old as team sports themselves. But as a growing movement aims to right the wrongs of the past, including notable successes with pro sports franchises in Cleveland and Washington recently, it reminds us history hasn’t always been kind — let alone fair — to...
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The Associated Press
December 14, 2020 - 3:33 pm
The Cleveland Indians are changing their name
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FILE - In this June 1, 1970, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt watches after holding the ball for his son, Clark, 5, to kick in the family backyard in Dallas. Behind them is Hunt's children by a former marriage, Lamar Jr. 13, left, and Sharon, 12, right. His wife Norma is at center rear. Lamar Hunt was a champion of Black rights during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. He grew up in conservative circles yet formed his own opinions of right and wrong. And when his football-loving son was born in 1965, those principles that Hunt instilled in his football franchise became instilled in Clark, who years later would take succeed him as chairman of the Chiefs. (AP Photo/File)
August 31, 2020 - 2:08 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two years before Clark Hunt was born, the Kansas City Chiefs made history by taking Grambling State defensive tackle Buck Buchanan in the American Football League draft, making him the first Black player from any college — much less a historically Black one — to be the first...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2020 file photo a sign marking the 1960 Winter Olympics is seen by a chairlift at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, Calif. Officials announced Tuesday, Aug. 25 California’s popular Squaw Valley Ski Resort will change its name because the word “squaw” is a derogatory term for Native American women. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
August 26, 2020 - 2:00 am
TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — California’s popular Squaw Valley Ski Resort will change its name because the word “squaw” is a derogatory term for Native American women, officials announced Tuesday. The site was the scene of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The decision was reached after consulting with local...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs fans arrive before the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs will prohibit the wearing of Native American headdresses, face paint and clothing at Arrowhead Stadium and are discussing the future of the iconic tomahawk chop as they address what many consider racist imagery associated with their franchise. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
August 20, 2020 - 6:12 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will prohibit the wearing of Native American headdresses, face paint and clothing at Arrowhead Stadium. They also are discussing the future of the iconic tomahawk chop as they address what many consider racist imagery associated with their franchise...
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Washington quarterback Alex Smith (11) hands the ball off to running back Antonio Gibson (24) during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 18, 2020 - 4:30 pm
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The only visual reminder of the past is etched into the side of the trash cans. Everywhere else around the Washington Football Team's practice facility has been scrubbed of the Native American logo that was synonymous with the storied franchise and its three Super Bowl titles...
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Lemiley Lane, a Bountiful junior who grew up in the Navajo Nation in Arizona, poses for a photograph at Bountiful High School, July 21, 2020, in Bountiful, Utah. While advocates have made strides in getting Native American symbols and names changed in sports, they say there's still work to do mainly at the high school level, where mascots like Braves, Indians, Warriors, Chiefs and Redskins persist. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
August 09, 2020 - 11:11 am
BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — At a mostly white high school near Salt Lake City, the steps leading to the football field are covered in red handprints, arrows and drawings of Native American men in headdresses meant to represent the mascot, the Braves. “Welcome to the Dark Side” and “Fight like a Brave”...
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FILE - In this is undated file photo, Jim Thorpe poses in a baseball uniform. Thorpe was on top of the world after winning gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics with mind-blowing performances that went unmatched for decades. They so impressed the King of Sweden that he told Thorpe he was "the greatest athlete in the world.” The Native American was later stripped of the gold medals for breaching Olympic amateurism rules in what has been described as the first major international sports scandal. (AP Photo/File)
July 26, 2020 - 3:17 pm
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — It has been described as the first major international sports scandal, and still resonates more than a century later. Jim Thorpe, a Native American who seemed to excel at every sport he tried, was seen as one of the world's top athletes after winning gold medals in the...
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CORRECT JETS TO F-16, NOT F26 - FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, F-16 fighter jets from the DC Air National Guard fly over FedEx Field before an NFL football game against between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md. A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press the team formerly known as Redskins will go by Washington Football Team until a new name is chosen. Washington will keep its burgundy and gold colors and replace the Indian head logo on helmets with a player's jersey number. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
July 23, 2020 - 4:15 pm
The NFL team formerly known as the Redskins will go by the Washington Football Team for at least the 2020 season, giving the organization time to choose a new, full-time name. Gone is the Indian head logo and the name Native American advocates have called a dictionary-defined racial slur. Here to...
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Rodney Johnson of Chesapeake, Va., stands with his truck outside FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Monday, July 13, 2020. The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday that it will drop the "Redskins" name and Indian head logo immediately, bowing to decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 14, 2020 - 3:43 pm
When the University of North Dakota moved on from being the Fighting Sioux like Washington’s NFL team is doing from Redskins, the new name could’ve been anything. More than 1,600 suggestions were submitted, ranging from the realistic to the ridiculous, like the “Abdominal Snowman.” Dan Snyder isn’t...
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