The Chicago Blackhawks released a statement Tuesday regarding their team name and logo.
"The Chicago Blackhawks name and logo symbolize an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois' Sac and Fox Nation, whose leadership and life has inspired generations of Native Americans, veterans, and the public," the team said, according to The Athletic's Scott Powers.
The franchise has donned variations of the same name and logo since its inception in 1926. The name was tweaked in 1986 from "Black Hawks" to its current form.
"We celebrate Black Hawk's legacy by offering ongoing reverent examples of Native American culture, traditions and contributions, providing a platform for genuine dialogue with local and national Native American groups," the team added. "As the team's popularity grew over the past decade, so did that platform and our work with these organizations.
"We recognize there is a fine line between respect and disrespect, and we commend other teams for their willingness to engage in that conversation. Moving forward, we are committed to raising the bar even higher to expand awareness of Black Hawk and the important contributions of all Native American people. We will continue to serve as stewards of our name and identity, and will do so with a commitment to evolve. Our endeavors in this area have been sincere and multifaceted, and the path forward will draw on that experience to grow as an organization and expand our efforts."
The NFL's Washington Redskins and MLB's Cleveland Indians have long faced backlash over their team nicknames. Washington announced last week that the franchise will undergo a "thorough review" of its name.
Cleveland also announced its willingness to discuss changing the team's nickname. The organization plans to consult with the Native American community before making a final decision. Club manager Terry Francona and star shortstop Francisco Lindor each expressed their support for a new nickname.
The CFL's Edmonton Eskimos were warned Tuesday by one of their sponsors that it intends to cut ties with the franchise if it doesn't change its name.