It’s been 100 years since the Cleveland baseball team started naming themselves the Indians, and 68 years since they started using the now-infamous Chief Wahoo mascot.
It has now been 24 years that Native American groups have demonstrated and protested, asking the team to abandon the mascot and logo and name.
CoolCleveland spoke with Philip Yenyo, Executive Director of the Ohio chapter of the American Indian Movement and co-chair of The Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance, and Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed who spoke out against the use of the symbols at a recent City Council meeting.
A march from W. 25th Street & Detroit Avenue to Progressive Field begins at noon on 2015 Opening Day, Fri 4/10. A note from Philip Yenyo: “Meet at W. 25th and Detroit by 11:30 am. Hopefully you can start marching at 12:30. WEAR RAIN GEAR, LOOKS LIKE RAIN SHOWERS. WE WILL NOT CANCEL DUE TO RAIN. WE WON’T MELT.”
The next day, the All Nations Conference will take place at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ at 2592 W. 14th Street on Sat 4/11 from 8AM to 2PM featuring guest speakers Charlene Teters, Clyde Bellecourt, David Narcomey and others.