Politician urges Cleveland Indians to change name

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Posted: Aug 07, 2014 2:13 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio state senator says it's time for the Cleveland Indians to drop their nickname and Chief Wahoo mascot.

Eric Kearney is a Democrat from Cincinnati. He introduced a resolution Wednesday that would encourage the team to adopt a new name and mascot, citing racial insensitivity. He also has sent a letter to the Indians' owner.

With the Indians in a series with Cincinnati, Kearney says it's time to introduce the resolution. The Legislature is on break.

Indians President Mark Shapiro (shuh-PEYE'-ro) says the Chief Wahoo mascot represents the team's heritage and will remain in place.

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American Indians and others have protested for years, complaining that the mascot mocks them. It's part of a national debate over the use of Indian nicknames in sports that has regained momentum recently.