SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Leaders of a California Indian tribe are asking a semi-pro baseball team to change its logo, calling it disrespectful and offensive.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports leaders of the Chumash tribe said the grinning, bright-red, Native American caricature used by the North County Indians should no longer be used. They called the symbol degrading and racist.
Field manager Dan Marple said the Indians are the oldest semi-pro baseball franchise in California and the team hasn't received any previous complaints about the logo.
Fred Collins, tribal administrator of the Northern Chumash Tribal Council, says the council will ask local political leaders to disallow the use of publicly owned facilities to the team.
Information from: The Tribune, http://www.sanluisobispo.com
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