Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; General view of the Arrowhead Stadium during the NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Local American Indians Group Supports "Chiefs" Name


In light of the ruling by the U.S. Patent Office to revoke the name of “Redskins” there has been thought the name change debate may arrive in Kansas City. Nicholas Clayton talked about it in a column on Friday. Should the debate indeed come to Kansas City, it appears the Chiefs will have the support of a local American Indian group to keep the name.

Richard Lanoue, who is the president of Indian Council of Many Nations which happens to be headquartered in Kansas City, tells NPR he is in favor of keeping the name “Chiefs.”

“The word chief is a word that means honor, respect, experience, knowledge.”

Lanoue makes the same connection as many have about the origin of the Chiefs name and former mayor H. Roe Bartle. This connection seems to be a positive one for Lanoue and his organization who said that most referred to Bartle more as “Chief” than mayor.

It would seem that because of the meaning of the name and the connection with Kansas City’s former mayor, Lanoue and his group will not be in favor to change the Chiefs name.

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  • Penni Welch

    Yea I soooo pray that this article is right!!!!

  • Jim Wynne

    It would definitely break my heart if we were forced to change forever a CHIEF

    • Travis Forsyth

      You said it, forever a chief. If they change, I’m done and will be moving to canada. I’ve always liked hockey and the Calgary Flames actually have a unform that looks really similar to the chiefs so I’ll be cheering for them.

      • Rich Cooper

        Not moving to Canada too damn cold, but yeah pretty much my sentiments.

    • Rich Cooper

      I and every true Chiefs fan agree. No to pc bs and our team.

  • Travis Forsyth

    Highly doubt a name change will come, but the fact our logo is a arrowhead, our stadium is called arrowhead, we use the war chief chant “tomahawk chop”, and some chiefs fan that dress up as native americans are what’s going to be the problem. They won’t try to take the name “chiefs” from us, they’ll try to take away the customs, traditions, and basically all the fun of being a chiefs fan.

    • Travis Forsyth

      Better get our saveourchiefs.com facebook page fired back up…looks like we’re going to need it.

      • Rich Cooper

        If it came to it I’d protest and be actively involved in this cause. Where does it stop? Just call us team AFC 1 KC? AFC 1 because without Lamar Hunt the AFL and thus AFC might not even exist. IMO

    • PunjabiPete

      Of course, totally time to start preemptively getting butthurt before anything actually happens!

    • Rich Cooper

      Not disputing your entire argument, but the idea that an arrowhead is uniquely tied to Native American heritages is not accurate. Arrowheads and spear points have been in use since the stone age in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, etc. Basically every continent, but Antarctica. Any argument that Arrowhead or arrowheads are disparaging Native Americans and their heritage should be quashed easily by anyone with decent knowledge of world history and historical artifacts. Not trying to be a dick or smartass just making a point. I’ve read the Arrowhead argument about 100 times more than I could stand.

      Respectfully,

      RC

  • Larry Devore

    Finally a voice of reason and sanity