CLEVELAND – Chanting "We are people, not your mascots," several dozen protesters gathered outside the Indians' home opener urging the team to change its nickname and abolish the Chief Wahoo logo.
The demonstration has taken place each year on Opening Day for several decades, gaining more attention because of similar protests in Washington against the Redskins.
On Friday, the protesters, many of them Native Americans who circled around a drum and sang traditional songs, carried signs that said, "Change the logo, change the name" and "Rethink, rename, rebrand" as fans walked into Progressive Field.
The team has changed its primary logo to a "C" and lessened Wahoo's profile, but the smiling caricature remains in use. The team said in a statement it has no plans to make a change.