The Kansas City Chiefs will arrive in Tampa this week as defending Super Bowl champs and the bearers of a divisive name.
Ahead of kickoff for Super Bowl 55 on Sunday, a local group plans to stage a protest at Raymond James Stadium to urge the team to ditch the “Chiefs” moniker out of respect for Native American people.
The St. Petersburg-based Florida Indigenous Rights and Environmental Equality, or FIREE, wants to call attention to how hurtful the team’s name is to indigenous people who see their culture and spirituality appropriated and caricatured by fans who wear headdresses and war paint and swing their arms in an Arrowhead Chop, said group co-founder Alicia Norris.
“When you make indigenous people into a mascot, it’s extremely dehumanizing, especially for children,” Norris said. “This is coming to our backyard, so we’re going to say something about it.” (Read more from “Indigenous Rights Group to Protest Kansas City Chiefs Over ‘Dehumanizing’ Name” HERE)