Indians owner Paul Dolan: ‘We will engage Native American leaders to better understand their perspectives’
Indians owner Paul Dolan released a statement Thursday regarding the potential name change for the franchise, saying he will meet with Native American leaders in the coming weeks.
The Indians on July 3 said they would be open to discussions about changing the team name. A few days ago, Dolan met with players and members of the front office to speak with them and hear their views. Over the last few weeks, several players and manager Terry Francona have voiced their approval of discussing a name change.
Dolan further detailed where the franchise stands as discussions continue.
“As we approach Opening Day, I wanted to provide an update regarding our team name and our plan moving forward. In our July 3rd statement, we shared a commitment to listening and learning from our community, and we appreciate the passionate response over the past several weeks,” Dolan said in the statement. “Earlier this week, I had a candid and productive meeting with Terry and our players, where they expressed their desire to help our organization in this process. Our players care about the organization and feel strongly about social justice and racial equality. I support their interest in using their platform to unite our city and our nation through their actions.
“As I explained to our players, I am invested in engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to help determine the best path forward with regard to our team name. In the coming weeks, we will engage Native American leaders to better understand their perspectives, meet with local civic leaders, and continue to listen to the perceptions of our players, fans, partners and employees. We feel a real sense of urgency to discuss these perspectives with key stakeholders while also taking the time needed to ensure those conversations are inclusive and meaningful.
“We will continue to share periodic updates as we make progress. In the meantime, we are excited for our team to return to the field to continue our pursuit of a World Series Championship.”
Ryan Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about the Indians at www.beaconjournal.com/indians. Follow him on Twitter at @ByRyanLewis.