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5 April 2012 - Statement of the Cleveland American Indian Movement on Forty Years of Protest against CLEVELAND BASEBALL

STATEMENT OF THE CLEVELAND AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT ON FORTY YEARS OF PROTEST AGAINST CLEVELAND BASEBALL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

For four decades the Cleveland American Indian Movement has strongly denounced Cleveland Baseball's use of Native references as bigoted, racist and shameful. Since 1972 we have called for the immediate removal of the team name “Indians” and the logo “Chief Wahoo” due to their offensive nature as historical symbols of genocide and White Supremacy. For forty years Cleveland Baseball has disregarded our demands in an effort to make a buck.

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NCAA News Release (2005)

NCAA Executive Committee Issues Guidelines for
Use of Native American Mascots at Championship Events

For Immediate Release

Friday, August 5 , 2005

INDIANAPOLIS -- The presidents and chancellors who serve on the NCAA Executive Committee have adopted a new policy to prohibit NCAA colleges and universities from displaying hostile and abusive racial/ethnic/national origin mascots, nicknames or imagery at any of the 88 NCAA championships.

Intertribal Council Mascot Resolution (2001)

The INTER-TRIBAL COUNCIL
of the FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES
Organized February 3, 1950

Resolution No. 2001 - 08

THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES INTERTRIBAL COUNCIL MASCOT RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the Intertribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is an organization that united the tribal governments of the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), and Seminole Nations, representing over 400,000 Indian people throughout the United States; and

INSULTS, NOT HONOR

A Message from the American Indian Movement, April 2007

"We are honoring Indians; you should feel honored."
Would you feel honored seeing objects you consider holy being misused? Holy objects such as feathers, face painting and traditional dress are neither being used in sacred ceremony nor any cultural setting; they are being used as entertainment and merchandising opportunities. We Native people are saying this misuse of our sacred objects is no less than a mockery of our traditional cultures, regardless of intent. It is insulting.

22 March 2012 - Opening Day Demonstration 2012

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

[CLEVELAND,OH] - Join the American Indian community, our supporters, and the Cleveland American Indian Movement in the continuing fight in Cleveland for dignity as people. Organizers declare that the Cleveland “Indians” team name, logos, and mascot “Chief Wahoo” are clearly bigoted, racist, and shameful. Pursuant to the findings of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, organizers insist that Cleveland Baseball abolish their use.

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