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Native American Activist Meets Cleveland Indians' Fan in Redface

Before the Cleveland Indians' home game opener today against the Minnesota Twins, there was a protest by Native Americans who say the Indians' red-faced "Chief Wahoo" mascot is offensive.

Outside Progressive Field, the protesters held signs that read: "People Are Not Mascots," and "Our Children Are Not Mascots," noted Buzzfeed.

In what had to be an awkward moment, Robert Roche, an Apache Native American and executive director of the American Indian Education Center, ran into an Indians' fan wearing redface, reports CBS News.

The Native American protesters have been picketing the opening home game for years over the "Chief Wahoo" mascot.

"The issue is simple," Roche told the Associated Press. "We are not mascots. I'm nobody's mascot. My children are not mascots. It mocks us as a race of people. It mocks our religion."

Sundance, a member of the Muscogee tribe, added, "If you're looking at the average opening day fan, actually I see a little bit of a difference. I see that there are a lot of people who have refrained from wearing Wahoo much more than in previous opening days, but I also see that there are a lot more people who have come out with the most bigoted Wahoo that they could find."

Sources: CBS News, Associated Press, Buzzfeed


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