Change the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Baseball Team

Change the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Baseball Team

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Caroline Gronowski started this petition to Larry Dolan and

Since its establishment as a major league franchise, the Cleveland Baseball team has branded itself with many different names. Originally founded in Michigan, the Grand Rapid Rustlers began as a minor league team. Once the team was relocated to Cleveland, OH in 1900, the name was changed to the Cleveland Lake Shores. After the American League declared itself a major league, however, the team was renamed The Cleveland Bluebirds (Cleveland Blues). And when the star second baseman, Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie joined the team, the team was changed to the Cleveland Napoleons.

Unfortunately, Napoleon Lajoie's career as a player and a manager ended in 1915, when the team hit bottom. In 1915, the team needed a new name. Local fans supported the team name The Cleveland Indians--which references a Native American player who was on the Cleveland Spiders (1897-1899). For 105 years, this team has used cultural appropriation to sell merchandise and to make the team profitable. With the graphic history of the treatment of Native Americans, it is our Patriotic Duty to demand the Cleveland Indians to change their name to the Cleveland Baseball Team.

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