"The continuing use of the Indians nickname and a stereotypical Native American caricature, such as Chief Wahoo, is an affront to Native Americans,"

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COLUMBUS -- Cincinnati state Sen. Eric H. Kearney introduced a resolution Wednesday that urges the Cleveland Indians to dump both their nickname and the Chief Wahoo mascot.

"The continuing use of the Indians nickname and a stereotypical Native American caricature, such as Chief Wahoo, is an affront to Native Americans," said Kearney.

"Cleveland's professional baseball franchise is a great organization with a rich history," Kearney wrote, in a press release.

"By changing its name and mascot, the organization will be making a symbolic decision that would show that much has changed since 1915 when the name was adopted. I encourage the team not to pass on a legacy that carries racist undertones to future generations of fans."

Back in December, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald tapped Kearney as his runnign mate in the gubernatorial race. Only days later, a scrutiny of Kearney's messy finances and unpaid taxes had FitzGerald's campaign announcing Kearney's withdrawal from the Democratic ticket.

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