A week after a small protest group appeared at a Chiefs game in Minnesota to take issue with the team’s imagery, the team sponsored its second annual American Indian Heritage Month awareness programs at Sunday’s game against the Steelers.
In a statement, the American Indian Community Working Group, said it welcomed the chance to create awareness and understanding of issues that affect Native Americans.
“We recognize the opportunity to engage in a cross-cultural consultation and dialogue with the Kansas City Chiefs in hopes of facilitating a process that – over time – can lead to a cultural change in disrespectful behavior seen at times by fans at NFL games,” the statement said.
The National Anthem was performed by the Chickasaw Nation Youth Choir, the colors were presented by the Buddy Bond Color Guard, who are members of Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes. Bill Thorpe, 87, son of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe, was part of the pregame ceremony.