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Indian activists in Cleveland to file suit against baseball team






A 2002 cartoon from Lalo Alcaraz and a 2014 photo at a Cleveland Indians protest.

Indian activists in Illinois are planning to file a lawsuit against the Cleveland Major League Baseball team.

Activists have been protesting the team's Chief Wahoo mascot for decades. They hope the lawsuit leads to the elimination of the racist symbol.

"We're going to be asking for $9 billion and we're basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering," Robert Roche, the director of the American Indian Education Center and one of the plaintiffs in the forthcoming suit, told ABC News.

Roche, who can be seen in the photo above on the opening day of the team's season, said the lawsuit will be filed by the end of July.

Get the Story:
Native American group plans to file federal lawsuit against Cleveland Indians over Chief Wahoo logo (ABC News 6/23)
Native Groups Look to Retire the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo (NBC News 6/23)

An Opinion:
Bill Livingston: Washington Redskins' trademark revocation means Chief Wahoo is on borrowed time (The Cleveland Plain Dealer 6/23)

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