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As One Controversy Over American Indian Sports Mascots Fades Others Continue

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The Cleveland Indians have announced that they’ll be doing away with their “Chief Wahoo” logo on their uniforms and in their stadium beginning with the 2019 season. The cartoon-like depiction of a Native American has long been a center of controversy, and Major League Baseball has been pressing the team to do away with it for years. 

Down in Urbana-Champaign, the University of Illinois’ “Chief Illiniwek” character played a part in a recent arrest of a professor. We take a deep-dive into the use of Native names, faces, and symbols in sports.

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Lester Munson, sports journalist and legal expert

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