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Native American Group to Bring $9 Billion Lawsuit Against Cleveland Indians

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Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians waits for the ball while covering first base during the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians waits for the ball while covering first base during the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 24, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Redskins aren’t the only professional sports team currently utilizing a Native American name and imagery that’s up for debate.

The Cleveland Indians, of Major League Baseball, have come under fire from a Native American group planning to file a federal lawsuit against the Indians’ “offensive” Chief Wahoo logo, according to CBS Cleveland.

The lawsuit, according to the report, is being filed by Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache and director of the American Indian Education Center — based in Parma, OH, roughly 20 miles south of Cleveland — and is seeking $9 billion for “a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” claiming the team’s name and logo are “racist.”

The announcement of this lawsuit comes one week after the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board delivered a ruling cancelling the Washington Redskins six federally protected trademarks for their “disparaging” nature.

“We’re going to be asking for $9 billion and we’re basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” Roche told WEWS-TV. “It’s been offensive since day one. We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people.”

Head over to CBS Cleveland for the full story.

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