Native American group plans to file federal lawsuit against Cleveland Indians over Chief Wahoo logo

CLEVELAND - The red block letter C for Cleveland seems to be replacing Chief Wahoo outside Progressive Field. But not everyone sees it that way.

Robert Roche is the director of the American Indian Education Center and one of the plaintiffs planing to file a federal lawsuit in late July against the Cleveland Indians.

The group says the team's name and the Chief Wahoo logo are racist.

The group wants a lot of money to help Native Americans with education, job training and housing. 

"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 said.

"If just a small amount of people are against it, than I think you're doing a disservice to people that like it," said Bob Rosen. 

Rosen is president of the Wahoo Club. Rosen said he sees only a few protesters on Opening Day, but thousands of Indians fans embrace Chief Wahoo as a friendly, loyal symbol 

"I'm not insensitive to the issue, but our 1,650 members of the Wahoo Club, anytime we have a Wahoo Club item they but it up they love it," Rosen said.

After the U.S. Patent office recently ruled the Washington Redskins name is disparaging against Native Americans, Rosen worries if Chief Wahoo fades away, the Indians team name could also be in jeopardy. 

"Can you imagine the baseball team in this city not being called the Cleveland Indians? I can't picture that," Rosen said.

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