SPOKANE, WA - The Spokane Indians baseball team and the Spokane Tribe of Indians are a unique partnership in the world of professional sports, and the two are set to be part of an upcoming educational module from the National Baseball Hall of Fame that will educate fans and students about Native American logos and mascots in sports.
"The Baseball Hall of Fame reaches thousands of students each year, both in Cooperstown and via distance learning, with meaningful educational programs that teach a variety of subjects through the lens of baseball," said Stephanie Hazzard, the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Director of Education. "We are pleased to include the story of the partnership between the Spokane Indians baseball team and the Spokane Tribe of Indians as part of a new educational unit about baseball and Native Americans."
The team and Spokane Tribe of Indians made history in 2006, when they worked together on a rebranding of the team's logo, becoming the first pairing of a team and tribal nation to respectfully agree on the use of local native imagery. During the rebranding, a Spokane Tribal Salish version of the logo was created and has been stitched on the team's sleeves since its inception. In 2014, the baseball team announced a new alternate jersey with "Spokane" written in the Spokane Tribe's traditional Salish language. The Salish language is proudly displayed across the front of the jersey, and the team now wears that uniform for all home games.
"The Spokane Tribe and the baseball organization have built a lasting partnership that helps bring a positive spotlight to our tribal culture, our important history within the region, and our people," said Carol Evans, Spokane Tribal Council Chair.
The Indians have donated one of their game-used Salish jerseys to the Hall of Fame museum's permanent collection, as well as various other documents and images about the team and Tribe's relationship to the education collection.
The team will also be wearing the Spokane Tribe's traditional Salish markings on all road jerseys starting next season in order to further the positive messaging in other Northwest League markets. In addition, Tribal Markers, documenting the history of the tribe and its relationship with the team, will be installed throughout Avista Stadium for the enjoyment and education of fans.
"We're extremely proud of our close relationship with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and appreciate tribal membership allowing us to be a vehicle to appropriately and respectfully promote their traditional language and culture," said Otto Klein, Senior Vice President of the Spokane Indians. "We hope our donation to the Hall of Fame will illustrate to fans, students, and other organizations how a team and tribe can work together for the benefit of everyone."
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About the Indians
The Indians are the Short Season Class "A" affiliate for the Texas Rangers. For more information, please visit www.spokaneindians.com or call (509) 343-6886 (OTTO).
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