Native American group protests Cleveland Indians mascot at Nike

A member of the Native American group Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry holds up a pin calling for the elimination of the Cleveland Indians Mascot, "Chief Wahoo"(EONM)
A member of the Native American group Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry holds up a pin calling for the elimination of the Cleveland Indians Mascot, "Chief Wahoo"(EONM)

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) – A group of Native American parents and allies against what they call offensive mascots will protest outside Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton Thursday.

The group, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry (EONM), will lobby Nike to stop selling gear with the Cleveland Indians’ baseball team mascot, Chief Wahoo.

Advocates call the mascot an offensive and grotesque caricature.

EONM launched a Facebook and Twitter campaign to “#dechief” the mascot.

The Cleveland Indians baseball club substituted a “C” for the logo on uniforms.

“It strongly suggests that Nike is excluding legitimate Native American concerns about the derogatory and offensive nature of Native stereotyping,” the organization said in a release.

Nike also produces gear with a Native American mascot for the Florida State University Seminoles. The company faced past objections from the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

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