The Chicago Blackhawks will retain the team’s name, according to reports, despite baseball’s Cleveland Indians announcing Friday that the team will be called the Guardians.
Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz said in December that the Blackhawks “continue to deepen our commitment to standing up for our namesake and our brand,” according to an AP News report.
Last summer, the team released a statement bearing the Blackhawks logo and name, which aims to “celebrate” the legacy of Chief Black Hawk.
“We recognize that there is a fine line between respect and disrespect, and we applaud the other teams for their willingness to engage in this conversation. Going forward, we are committed to raising the bar even higher to raise awareness of Black Hawk and the important contributions of all Native Americans, ”the Blackhawks said in a statement last summer. We will continue to be the keepers of our name and identity. “, and we will do so with a commitment to evolve. Our efforts in this area have been sincere and multifaceted, and the way forward will build on this experience to grow as an organization and expand our efforts.”
Blackhawk officials noted in the full statement that the team strives to provide a platform for “real dialogue” with local and national Native American groups.
The club, originally called the “Black Hawks”, was named after the “Blackhawk Division” of 333rd Machine gun battalion of the 86e Infantry Division, which served in World War I. This unit was named after Black Hawk, who served as chief of the Native American Sauk tribe during the Black Hawk War of 1832.
The original owner of the Blackhawks, Frederic McLaughlin had to choose a logo, after deciding on a team name related to his military service, wrote Scott Powers of The Atlantic. He chose the side profile of a Native American.
“The logo is said to have been inspired by the one used by Onwentsia Club in the suburb of Lake Forest, where McLaughlin played polo,” Powers wrote.
The Wirtz family combined the two words into the nickname “Blackhawks” in 1986.
Last summer, the team announced it would ban fans from wearing Native American headdresses during games at the United Center as part of an ongoing community engagement campaign.