The Cleveland Indians professional baseball team has used the "Chief Wahoo" mascot since the 1940s. Photo: Erik Drost
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Native architect's case against racist 'Chief Wahoo' name proceeds

Famed Native architect Douglas Cardinal will be allowed to proceed with a complaint against the racist mascot of the Cleveland professional baseball team.

Cardinal believes the team's use of "Indians" and "Chief Wahoo" is discriminatory. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has not ruled on the merits of his complaint but an adjudicator said a "full evidentiary record" is needed on several key issues in the case.

"Unfortunately, the consciousness of genocide and apartheid continues to be fostered by the insensitive use of demeaning and degrading symbols, mocking indigenous peoples," Cardinal said in a statement quoted by The Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "This must cease in order for reconciliation to have any meaning and substance."

Cardinal had sought an injunction to prevent the public broadcast of the team's names and symbols during a game last fall. His request was denied in Ontario court but the Human Rights adjudicator said that doesn't affect his complaint before the tribunal.

Cardinal, whose initial design was used for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is of Blackfoot and Ojibwe ancestry.

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