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Cleveland Indians' Name Change Isn't About Protecting Native Americans

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Since 1915, my adopted home city has been home to the Cleveland Indians, a name selected through a newspaper poll—a very democratic method indeed. They were previously the Cleveland Naps and really, what greater cause is there to cheer for? (Sadly, "Nap" was just a popular player's nickname.)

But the woke came for Indians—and last week, they triumphed. Backlash against the Indians' name started as early as the 1970s, with Native American groups arguing that Native nicknames and imagery make it difficult to teach people about their history and plight. Indeed, Ohio has a rich history of tribes, dating as far back as 12,500 B.C., that's more than worthy of the public's knowledge. The name "Ohio" itself is from the Seneca word for "beautiful river." This history is, of course, not an entirely happy one. Moses Cleaveland, for whom the city is named, was responsible for "negotiating" with the local tribes to purchase land for a new city; he gave them........

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