Moving forward, teams and businesses that currently persist with Native American names should follow Cleveland’s example and meet with the very people they purport to honor to better understand our viewpoints. There are many groups worthy of including in the discussion, whether it be with the National Congress of American Indians or other representative advocacy groups. These voices must not be shut out.
And for those teams and resourceful corporations who declare that they stand with Native Americans and seek to honor our communities, here is a concrete action that could be taken to show real honor of Native people:
At this very moment Covid-19 is rapidly spreading throughout vulnerable Native lands. Making a critical contribution and using your respective platforms to help generate relief funds for critically important causes like the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund would be a noble way to show your honor and commitment to the country’s first Americans.