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VIDEO SHOWS: STILL PHOTOS OF KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FANS DRESSED IN NATIVE AMERICAN ATTIRE
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1. STILL PHOTO OF A KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FAN YELLING DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE TEAM'S NFL GAME AGAINST THE GIANTS
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2. STILL PHOTO OF KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FAN AT 2020 SUPER BOWL
3. STILL PHOTO OF KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FAN AT 2020 SUPER BOWL OUTSIDE HARD ROCK STADIUM
4. STILL PHOTO OF CHIEFS FAN AT SUPER BOWL
STORY: The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Thursday (August 20) that they would no longer allow fans to wear American Indian themed headdresses and other Native American themed facepaint or other constumes at future games.
The Chiefs said they had taken the action after consultation with a working group of American Indian communities in the Kansas City Area. The team said they have yet to make a decision on the "Arrowhead Chop" a mass fan celebration featuring an arm chopping motion meant to simulate an enemy scalping.
"While we have discouraged fans from wearing headdresses for several years, effective immediately, fans will be prohibited from wearing headdresses into the stadium. Face painting is still allowed for all fans, but any face paint that is styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions will be prohibited. Fans will be asked to remove any American Indian-themed face paint prior to passing security screening outside the stadium. We are engaged in a thorough review process of the Arrowhead Chop and plan to have additional discussions in the future," the announcement said.
The move follows the Washington NFL team dropping the name "Redskins" after mounting pressure from Native American groups and others calling the name racist. Pressure also came from companies such as Nike, PepsiCo, Bank of America and FedEx threatening to cut advertising ties with the team.