A group planned to demonstrate outside Arrowhead Stadium, once again demanding that the Kansas City Chiefs' name be changed.
On Sunday, September 12, 2021, in Kansas City, Missouri, spectators do the tomahawk chop while watching the first half of an NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) CHARLIE RIEDEL The Associated Press
On Monday night, a group of Native American leaders planned to demonstrate outside GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, once again urging the Kansas City Chiefs to alter the team's name. The "Not in Our Honor" alliance planned the protest for Indigenous Peoples Day, which falls on the second Monday of October each year, while also saving dates for future Chiefs games for possible future marches. In an earlier statement on Indigenous Peoples Day, the Chiefs stated that the organization joined people around the country in recognizing and celebrating American Indian peoples on Monday.
"We continue to have crucial conversations with local and national groups to discover ways to educate ourselves and our fans about American Indian communities and their rich traditions," the statement stated. The Chiefs also announced that they will observe American Indian Heritage Month at their Nov. 27 home game against the Los Angeles Rams. "Not in Our Honor" was founded 16 years ago by a group of then-college students who made public a protest they had been advocating for years privately: the elimination of Native American images from sports. They've also been spotted at a few Chiefs games in the past.
More than 14,000 people have signed an online petition requesting that the Chiefs alter their name and logo. The Chiefs formed the American Indian Working Group eight years ago in order to "respect, educate, and develop understanding of American Indian culture for our fans," according to team president Mark Donovan.