Blackhawks ban Native American headdresses at home games

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Chicago Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in game 6 to win the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup. (Photo: NBC Live Extra)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are banning headdresses at home games as part of their pledge to honor the Native American community.

The NHL team says it consulted with Native American partners to establish new policies and initiatives.

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The Blackhawks will further integrate Native American culture and storytelling into game presentation and community involvement.

The team said earlier this month it will continue to use the Blackhawks name because it honors a Native American leader who has been an inspiration to generations.

Washington’s NFL team dropped the name Redskins, and Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians are considering a change.