Chiefs ban headdresses, American Indian-themed face paint from stadium

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KANSAS CITY, MO – FEBRUARY 05: Fans stand for several hours in below freezing temperatures for the Kansas City Chiefs Victory Parade on February 5, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs will no longer allow fans wearing headdress or American-Indian-themed face paint into games, among other changes before the upcoming season, according to a statement Thursday.

The Chiefs organization said the policy changes resulted from an ongoing dialogue with local American Indian leaders that the NFL team started in 2014, and recently expanded with a “national organization that works closely on issues affecting American Indian people and tribes.”

The statement says that the headdresses have been discouraged “for several years,” but are now banned from the stadium.

Fans who show up wearing American Indian-themed face paint will have to take it off before entering.

Team officials haven’t banned the “Arrowhead Chop,” in which fans chant while simulating a tomahawk chop with one arm, but say it is under “thorough review.”

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