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Cleveland's baseball team goes from Indians to Guardians

Since 1915, Cleveland's Major League Baseball team has been known as the Indians. The team is now renamed the Guardians.

The ballclub announced the name change Friday — effective at the end of the 2021 season — with a video on Twitter narrated by actor Tom Hanks. The decision ends months of internal discussions triggered by a national reckoning by institutions and teams to permanently drop logos and names considered racist.

According to Cleveland baseball history, the Indians name was chosen in 1915 to honor Louis Sockalexis of the Penobscot tribe who played for the then-Cleveland Spiders in 1897, reported Indian Country Today. Joe Posnanski of NBC Sports, however, found in 2014 that the name was actually the creation of a group of sportswriters in 1915. Looking to renew fan interest in the poorly performing Cleveland Naps, sportswriters at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and other newspapers created a “nomenclature committee” and sponsored a contest in which fans could choose a new name for the team.

“The Sockalexis story was entirely untrue, a bit of state funded propaganda to conceal the obvious fact the Cleveland team was named the Indians only to capitalize on the many racist clichés that could be used to promote the team; it was a glorious opportunity for HI-larious Native American jokes and race-specific clichés and insults that fit well in headlines," Posnanski wrote. READ MORE.


Town tops in US poor air quality as fires continue to burn

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — The north-central Washington town of Winthrop temporarily had the worst air quality in the country Thursday as wildfires in the Methow Valley area continued to burn and prompt evacuations.

The National Weather Service in Spokane said on Twitter that Winthrop's air quality was listed as hazardous on the Air Quality Index's real-time map and for a short time held the top spot for worst air quality in the nation.

Two large wildfires in hilly, forested areas near Winthrop and Mazama in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have also prompted evacuation notices, including new ones as of Thursday, The Bellingham Herald reported.

The Cub Creek 2 fire north of Winthrop has grown to almost 55 square miles. It was 5 percent contained on Thursday.

West of Mazama, the Cedar Creek fire has burned 29 square miles and was 11 percent contained Thursday. Strong west winds caused the blaze to actively burn through the night Wednesday, triggering additional evacuations in the Wolf Creek area, officials said.

Part of State Route 20, the North Cascade Highway, remains closed west of Winthrop because of those fires.

The Red Apple fire near Wenatchee remained about 19 square miles on Thursday and was 94 percent contained. It's cause is still under investigation.

In the southeast corner of the state, the Lick Creek fire, also known as Dry Gulch fire, grew to nearly 115 square miles as of Thursday with containment at 50 percent.

A new blaze as of Wednesday afternoon on the Spokane Indian Reservation in a forested area is growing and has prompted mandatory evacuations for about 20 residents, officials said Thursday.

The Department of Natural Resources will temporarily close all recreation and public access to DNR-managed lands in eastern Washington starting Friday because of extreme fire danger.

Extremely dry conditions and recent heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight. Climate change has made the West much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.

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Winona LaDuke arrested, released from jail

White Earth Ojibwe activist and former Green Party vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke was released from jail Thursday after her arrest Monday while protesting construction of an oil pipeline in northern Minnesota.

She and six other women were sitting together praying on an easement and protesting construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline near Park Rapids at the Shell River — which the pipeline will cross in five places — when they were arrested for trespassing.

“I think this is what you call the Enbridge way — make sure that hundreds of Minnesota citizens are put in jail so that they can steal 5 billion gallons of water and put the last tar sands pipeline in,” LaDuke said in an Instagram post after her release. READ MORE.


Tlingit, Haida start-up snatches business of the year

An Alaska Native start-up company, with revenues that skyrocketed in the last seven years, was recognized for its success and excellence in corporate citizenship this week.

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development presented its Native American Business of the Year Award to the Tlingit and Haida Tribal Business Corporation at the Reservation Economic Summit held in Las Vegas, Nevada. READ MORE.

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