"Indian team mascots create a tension between our cultures. Native American's don't want to be your mascots," said Fox, now a 52-year-old Saugatuck artist. "When I painted the mural, I didn't know my culture very well and didn't understand that it was offensive."
Fox said those who claim that Indian mascots and names honor his heritage are wrong.
"We wouldn't go and name a sports team the 'Fighting Jews' to honor them. There would be a firestorm over that," he said.
Below: The Saugatuck Indians' mascot, a stereotypical chief.