Indians ban Native American headdresses, painted faces at games

Indians ban Native American headdresses, painted faces at games
The exterior of Progressive Field before a baseball practice at Progressive Field, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer) (Source: David Dermer)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians fans won’t be allowed inside Progressive Field wearing Native American headdresses or face paint.

While moving forward with a plan to change their name, the Indians announced a new fan dress policy for the 2021 season.

The team said fans will either be ejected or denied admission for behavior that includes wearing headdresses or “face paint styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions.”

The Indians said earlier this year that they are changing their name, joining a nationwide movement to ban racist symbols and slogans.

The name change will not take effect until the 2022 season at the earliest.

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