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A Native American group suing Indians
"People Not Mascots" plans on filing a federal lawsuit over the team's name and logo

Roche will sue the Indian's over the name and Chief Wahoo mascot
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A Native American group called "People Not Mascots" is planning to sue the Cleveland Indians for $9 billion next month over use of the team's name and Chief Wahoo mascot.

Robert Roche, leader of the group and director of the American Indian Education Center, says the name and logo are inexcusable.


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“We need to change the name and logo, it’s racist, demeaning and it dehumanizes us as a race of people. Can you imagine them calling to the Cleveland Blacks or the Cleveland Jews? There’d be a problem here, a big problem.”

Roche says the Indians' goal is to make money and he believes the organization will change its name if sponsors stop financially supporting them. 

The Indians declined to comment on the threatened suit. 

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