As the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians examine their team names and logos in contemplation of changing what many deem offensive, one other baseball team has remained outside of the debate.
The Atlanta Braves, who once spotlighted Chief Noc-a-Homa, a Native American who would emerge from a teepee and do a war dance when a team player hit a home run (he was “retired” before the 1986 season) just issued a letter that seemed defiant on the name controversy.
The Braves released a statement saying the team “honors, supports, and values the Native American community. That will never change.” Braves fans have encouraged their team by performing a “tomahawk chop” and chant. The team also passed out red foam tomahawks.