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Report: Cleveland Indians looking to drop teams name after years of controversy

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A small group of Cleveland Indians participate in an optional team workout at Progressive Field, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 in preparation for baseball's upcoming World Series Game 6 against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - For years the Cleveland Indians have been criticized for its team name and mascot, but it appears the organization is preparing to drop its name, according to the New York Times.

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Its being reported that the MLB team is considering moving forward temporarily without a nickname, similar to what the Washington Football Team did over the summer. The baseball organization would then come up with a new name after consulting with the public.

So far no one with the franchise has confirmed this decision, but the New York Times says an announcement could come this week.

For years, Native American groups have protested against the teams use of Indians as its name.

In the summer of 2020, the Cleveland Indians announced that it would consider changing its name after the Washington Football Team changed its name ahead of the NFL season.

In 2019, the organization halted its use of Chief Wahoo on team gear, but the team dropped the mascot in 2018 after the MLB said it was no longer appropriate.