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Ohio group vows to keep pressure on Indians logo, despite Supreme Court ruling

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of an Ohio American Indian group says a Supreme Court decision to strike down the disparagement clause in trademark law won't affect efforts to get the Cleveland Indians to change their Chief Wahoo logo and nickname.

Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio, says he does not think Monday's court ruling will help teams like the Washington Redskins and Indians keep monikers that some find offensive.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said earlier this year that he wants the Indians to transition away from using the red-faced, smiling logo.

The Supreme Court ruled in a case involving the rock band "The Slants" that the government can't refuse to register trademarks that are considered offensive.

Meantime, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says he's "thrilled" about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the disparagement clause in trademark law.

The unanimous opinion the court gave Monday to a case involving the rock band "The Slants" is expected to set a positive precedent for the Redskins.

The court has ruled the government can't refuse to register trademarks that are considered offensive.

Redskins lawyer Lisa Blatt says, "The Supreme Court vindicated the team's position that the First Amendment blocks the government from denying or cancelling a trademark registration based on the government's opinion."

The NFL declined comment.

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