Chiefs, Amer­i­can In­dian group work on tra­di­tions

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The Kansas City Chiefs are col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Amer­i­can In­dian Com­mu­nity Work­ing Group to ad­dress con­cerns that some of their tra­di­tions are con­sid­ered in­sen­si­tive to Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

KANSAS CITY, MO. >> The Kansas City Chiefs are col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Amer­i­can In­dian Com­mu­nity Work­ing Group to ad­dress con­cerns that some of their tra­di­tions are con­sid­ered in­sen­si­tive to Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

The or­ga­ni­za­tions first got in touch about three years ago, when there was a re­newed na­tional push for the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins to change their nick­name. Re­cently, the Chiefs and the group, which works as a li­ai­son with the Na­tive Amer­i­can com­mu­nity, be­gan to work more closely to­gether.

Sev­eral events were planned be­fore the Chiefs’ game against the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers on Sun­day in ob­ser­vance of Amer­i­can In­dian Her­itage Month.

Creg Hart, a Cheyenne spir­i­tual leader, per­formed the Bless­ing of the Four Di­rec­tions, and Cheyenne cer­e­mo­nial leader Ge­orge Cur­tis Levi per­formed a bless­ing cer­e­mony and honor song.

The Buddy Bond Color Guard of the Cheyenne-Ara­pa­hoe Tribes pre­sented the col­ors for the na­tional an­them, which was per­formed by the Chick­a­saw Na­tion Youth Choir.

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