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Baseball and Culture: A discussion about Native American imagery in sports

The issue of Native American mascots and imagery in sports was thrust into the headlines again over the summer when the Washington, D.C., NFL team decided to change the name of its team from a dictionary-defined slang term and removed all Native American terms and imagery from its branding.

WATCH: Spokane Indians | “We Are Hiring!”

Do you enjoy the smell of freshly popped popcorn or do you like the sound of thousands of screaming baseball fans? If so, then the Spokane Indians are for you. Otto Klein stopped by our studio to give you some insight into how to join their team!

‘Pitch for the Cure’ helps Pollard family remember loved one who lost her life to cancer

There are a few moments throughout Otto Klein’s 24 seasons with the Spokane Indians that have managed to stick well in his memory. The senior vice president of the Indians remembers about 10 years ago seeing a man standing at a desk at Avista Stadium. The man had immediately caught Klein’s eye because he had a tattoo of a pink ribbon on the back of his head.

Sunday briefs

Alexis Olgard, the former Mead High and USC star, has taken her spiking and digging to Manila, Philippines, for her second professional volleyball season.

Spokane pioneers all-star matchup

Eleven years ago, the Spokane Indians hosted the first Northwest League All-Star Game to help commemorate the league’s 50th anniversary. This season, the league’s 61st, may not share the luster of that Golden Anniversary, but the Indians set out to produce a first-of-its-kind gem anyway.

Spokane Indians bring all-star event to Avista Stadium

The Spokane Indians will host the first joint all-star contest between the Class A short-season NWL and the rookie advanced Pioneer League. Tuesday's game time is 7:05 p.m. after a FanFest at 4 and Home Run Derby at 5:45.

For 25 seasons, Ruben Marcilla has painted signs at Avista Stadium – now a fading art in baseball

Ruben Marcilla started painting the signs on Avista Stadium’s outfield fence when the plywood was new, marking off sections that would become insurance and grocery ads so big and bold the farthest-back fan could see them. From his vantage points along the outfield wall, Marcilla has watched interns and grounds crews come and go and the Spokane Indians’ 1958 stadium undergo modernization. But the sign painter still uses brushes older than the athletes who’ll pound the sod after he’s packed them up. He still shows up every spring to do a job that, in many ballparks and many other places, has been relegated to the tools of mass production.

Indians unite Spokane youth baseball

Negotiating Spokane’s youth baseball maze became much easier Wednesday with the click of a mouse. The Spokane Indians unveiled a nonprofit collaboration with three youth baseball leagues that will set aside years of turf battles that often left parents and players frustrated.