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Indians' facing potential $9 billion lawsuit
The team name and Chief Wahoo logo are deemed offensive and racist
Story by TERRELL JOHNSON


 
Robert Roche (right) confronts a fan dressed up as an Indian.
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The Cleveland Indians could be facing a nine billion dollar lawsuit next month over its team name and logo.

Robert Roche, leader of “People Not Mascots” and director of the American Indian Education Center, says other attempts to resolve the issue have been ignored by the team and met by well-publicized hostility by some fans.

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“Somehow my picture went viral and it really raised a lot of interest. Myself standing in front of this individual that had red paint on. That alone is insulting because we use paint for ceremonies, we don’t use it for fun and games. And he told me that 60 percent of the fans do not want the name and logo changed and I said ‘Well why don’t you ask an Indian?’”

Roche says if his group wins the suit, he will use the money to fund his center, which is struggling to provide services to the community.
 
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