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Native American group planning $9 billion lawsuit against Cleveland Indians

Chief Wahoo logo

The Washington Redskins have been under attack for their team nickname, and now the Cleveland Indians are finding themselves in a similar position.

Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache and director of the American Indian Education Center, is planning to file a federal lawsuit in late July against the Cleveland Indians organization. Roche leads the People Not Mascots activist group and says the lawsuit will challenge the team’s name and Chief Wahoo logo for being racist.

“We’re going to be asking for $9 billion and we’re basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” Roche told ABC 5 in Cleveland.

The Indians have drifted from using the Chief Wahoo logo to the block C, but Roche still sees problems.

“What they’re doing is using the C, but for the most part, they’re still selling it. It’s still the Cleveland Indians. It’s still using the racist logo, and they’re making well over $200 million a year,” Roche says.

The Indians had no comment on the story at the time.

If Cleveland wants to maintain the feel of their nickname, they should probably just call themselves the Cleveland Tribe. That’s a general enough nickname that should not be considered offensive, and it still would have ties to the old nickname.

Like Washington, they probably will end up changing things.

H/T Eye on Baseball



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  • Arsen Dadyan

    So they are suing for $9 BILLION for a hundred years of racism? Come on now…where were the lawsuits at in the 1900-2000′s? They’re just piggy backing on the backs of other lawsuits from FSU, Washington Redskins and High Schools throughout the US who abandoned Native American mascots for other mascots…I’m not saying that they’re wrong, but what I am saying is that it’s very fishy with the timing of these lawsuits. If the teams/schools are losing, then every tribe wants to get money from them because they are offended and feel that it’s racist…once that same team starts to win or has a history of winning….the same tribes quietly go back to cheering from a far and forget that those mascots are still “RACIST”. You don’t see anybody going after the Chicago Blackhawks, FSU or other well known Native American associated programs. The same tribes should look into their own tribesmen and leaders who are ripping them off with their cuts of their casinos/gambling halls…..All of the years of those kinds of money flowing in and out of the casinos and still to this day, most reservations have a higher early school drop outs, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, tobacco usage and meth usage then most of the US population.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    It’s probably just a threat for now

  • Skim Clark

    Hey Larry, ban me. You can’t.

  • Skim Clark

    Arsen, nice call on Lincecum slumping. I don’t know if you live in a cave (based on your grammar, you might) so in case you missed it, he threw a no-hitter yesterday. Nice call, you chump.