State senator urges Indians to change name

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio state senator says it's time for the Cleveland Indians to drop their offensive name and Chief Wahoo mascot.

Eric Kearney, a Democrat from Cincinnati, introduced a resolution that if passed by the Legislature would encourage the baseball team to adopt a new name and mascot. He also sent a letter to the Indians' owner.

With the Indians in the midst of a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds, Kearney says it's the right time to introduce the resolution. The Legislature is currently on summer break.

Indians President Mark Shapiro (Shuh-PEYE'-ro) says the Chief Wahoo mascot represents the team's heritage and will remain in place.

In June, a federal trademark board ruled the Washington Redskins' trademarks protections should be canceled because the team name was disparaging to Native Americans.

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