Chicago Blackhawks Ban Native Headdresses at Team Events & Home Games

The Chicago Blackhawks announced they are banning Native American headdresses as costumes at team events and United Center games.

Headdresses "are sacred, traditionally reserved for leaders who have earned a place of great respect in their Tribe, and should not be generalized or used as a costume or for everyday wear," the team said in a statement.

Notably, the team has refused to change their name, even as other teams with Native American-inspired names have discussed.

The team claims the name is related to a specific Native American leader. The team also said it is working on a new wing at Trickster Cultural Center, the one Native American-owned Illinois arts institution. They are also working on a new Chicago Blackhawks Cultural Education Center.

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