The decision is “the culmination of decades of work,” said the Oneida Nation of New York, which led the Change the Mascot Movement.
The Cleveland Indians announced Monday that they will change the team’s century-old name to a “new, non-Native American” moniker.
It’s not yet clear what the new name will be. The team said the change will “unify our community and bring people together.”
The American League club’s new name will become effective after the 2021 season.
“We’ll be the Indians in 2021 and then after that, it’s a difficult and complex process to identify a new name and do all the things you do around activating that name,” team owner Paul Dolan told The Associated Press. “We are going to work at as quick a pace as we can while doing it right.”
In July, the team announced that it would “determine the best path forward” for its name. Read full story on NBC…