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Could A Name Change Be In The Offing For The Kansas City Chiefs?

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Kansas City Chiefs fans are split over whether to change some long-standing team traditions, including the wearing of Native American-inspired headdresses at games, and the so-called "tomahawk chop."

Though the team name derives from a former mayor's sobriquet, some Native Americans say it perpetuates a problematic culture and rituals among the team and its fans.

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