Once again, the Braves and the 'chop' are once again on the national stage. What most people don't know is the relationship the Braves have with Native American communities. Georgia is home to several tribes and communities. The Braves have also financially supported many efforts and continue to be a partner. In fact, the Braves have apparel for sale since 2020. The Braves organization designed the t-shirt with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI). A portion of the proceeds from each of the $30 shirts will benefit the New Kituwah Academy and the Cherokee Speakers Council, said Laura Blythe, program director for the Cherokee Historical Association and member of the ball club's 3-person cultural committee.
"Changing the name of the Braves is not under consideration or deemed necessary," leaders of the Braves franchise reportedly said in conversations with Native American and tribal leaders. "We have great respect and reverence for our name and the Native American communities that have held meaningful relationships with us do as well. We will always be the Atlanta Braves."
The t-shirt above says "Ball Player" in traditional language.
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