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Kansas City Chiefs will honor Native groups at their next game. Advocates say that's not enough

Three people stand outside in an open area. They are holding protest signs. One reads "Change the name and stop the chop!" Another reads "Our culture is not for sale."
Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Kansas City Indian Center and Not in Our Honor Coalition will be at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday to protest the Chiefs' name and appropriation of Native imagery.

Kansas City Indian Center and the Not in Our Honor Coalition will protest Monday's game at Arrowhead Stadium over the Chiefs' name and appropriation of Native imagery. The Indigenous-led groups have called for these changes for decades, and they have no plans to stop.

The Kansas City Chiefs 10th Annual American Indian Heritage Month Game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles is this Monday, Nov. 20 at Arrowhead Stadium.

In a press release, the team says the game is "an occasion to recognize and honor all Indigenous People, including American Indians, and their histories, cultures and contributions to society."

However, several local Indigenous advocates and groups don’t see the game as a positive thing. Many feel like the event — and the franchise itself — is a bastardization of Native cultures and traditions.

While the Chiefs have taken small steps to address racist behavior at games over the past decade, Kansas City Indian Center Executive Director Gaylene Crouser says not nearly enough has changed.

"We still see folks walking up to the to the stadium in full headdresses. We still see people in face paint, they walk by us singing that song and doing 'the chop,'" Crouser told KCUR's Up To Date.

Crouser said the team's traditions and use of Native imagery has worldwide implications.

"When you google Kansas City, that's (the Chiefs) the very first thing that pops up, and then the very next thing that pops up is the appropriation and the stereotypes and the racism associated with the team," she said.

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