Lawsuit Filed Over “Indians” Name and Logo


There is a bit of controversy looming as the World Series gets set to start.

It has nothing to do with the players on the field, and has everything to do with what they are wearing.

Throughout Cleveland it’s hard not to spot Chief Wahoo. He’s on banners, baseball caps, and jerseys.

“It’s everywhere! Chief Wahoo is part of the team. It’s part of the city,” said Indians fan, Alok Harwani.

But this is one symbol of the city not everyone agrees on, including American Indian Movement of Ohio’s Executive Director, Philip Yenyo.

“I can’t find any peace about this, you know, our people were decapitated and skinned alive and to see this disembodied head is a reminder of that, it’s a sad reminder of the atrocities that took place,” said Yenyo.

It lead to a complaint in a Canadian courtroom where a lawyer says it’s discrimination that has been going on for a long time, and now it’s time to stop.

The Ontario Superior Court ultimately ruled Cleveland can continue to wear its name and logo. Many fans tell us they’re happy to hear the news.

“It’s what represents us. The Indians. I like the logo,” said Indians fan, Jason Osif.

“It’s how we grew up. It’s what’s always been in town,” said Harwani.

Yenyo calls the ruling disappointing. But, he hopes the complaint starts conversation.

“It’s really great to see other people getting involved to have this change,” Yenyo said. “We’re still going to keep fighting. It’s who we are.”

Douglas Cardinal, the Canadian activist who filed the injunction, released a statement after the ruling came down.

“I am deeply disappointed in the court’s ruling, however, today was a victory in that we have elevated awareness of this serious issue at a national, and even international, level,” said Cardinal. “I hope that, one day, the Cleveland team’s ownership will realize that its racist name and logo has got to go – entirely.”

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