With Guardians, Cleveland Steps Away From an Offensive Name

After years of pressure, and amid a growing trend away from names that reference Indigenous people, the team will drop its “Indians” mascot, which it used for more than 100 years.

Philip Yenyo has been protesting outside Cleveland’s baseball stadiums for 30 years, demanding the local Major League Baseball team change a name many consider racist. But next spring, Yenyo will put down his signs and take his 11-year-old son inside Progressive Field for the first time.

“We can finally go to a game,” said Yenyo, the executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio. “I can’t wait to tell him. We’ve been waiting a very long time for this..”


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