Native American groups to sue Cleveland Indians over mascot

Created: 06/25/2014 12:31 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The Washington Redskins lost six trademark registrations after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled they were "disparaging to Native Americans." Now, the Cleveland Indians baseball team could face a similar fate.

NBC News reports several Native American groups are planning a lawsuit against Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indian's mascot. The groups call Chief Wahoo's depiction of Native Americans "offensive."

"We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people," Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache, told NBC News.

The Major League Baseball team has yet to comment on the pending litigation.

The Washington Redskins plan to appeal the trademark ruling.

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