Tribal leaders said the red-faced caricature that adorns the Major League Baseball team's uniforms was a demeaning anachronism, more fitting for the days of Cotton Clubs and black face than the 21st Century, and passed a resolution that urged team officials to "eliminate" the logo.
The vote was of special significance to tribal leaders. The Cleveland franchise traces its name to a Penobscot man, Louis F. Sockalexis, the first American Indian to play in the big leagues--a man who overcame near-constant taunts to shine on the baseball diamond during a short career in the late 1800s.
"We ask, if there is no intent to demean, can it be demeaning? We have no intent to demean," he said.