Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – A Native American group called on sports apparel company Nike to stop selling merchandise that features the Chief Wahoo logo of the Cleveland Indians.
“We ask that Nike live up to its dedication to inclusion. Profiting from Native Mascotry is not being diverse; it is not being inclusive,” Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry said in a news release.
The group also plans to protest at the company’s Washington County headquarters later this week. A Nike spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.
According to Jacqueline Keeler, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry has roughly 600 members. Keelery said details of the protest are still being confirmed. She expects around a dozen protesters.
The Nike website features five items that include the logo, including two hats, two T-shirts and a pair of shorts.
Nike is known for its commitment to diversity, which includes the N7 Fund, which promotes athletic opportunities for Native Americans.
The call for Nike to stop producing merchandise with the Wahoo logo comes in the wake of a campaign on Twitter with the hashtag #Dechief and features pictures of Cleveland Indians merchandise with the logo removed.