Kansas City Chiefs ban fans from wearing headdresses, certain face paint in stadium
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Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs will no longer be allowed to wear headdresses or certain face paint in Arrowhead Stadium, the NFL team announced as part of new measures aimed at limiting cultural appropriation. 

If anyone arrives at the stadium wearing headdresses or face paint stylized after Native American culture, they will be requested to remove it before going through security, the team announced this week.

The team said it would also review some of its fan traditions, such as the Arrowhead Chop, which involves fans chopping their arms perpendicular to the ground and has been subject to some criticism as an offensive stereotype.

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"In 2014, we began a dialogue with a group of local leaders from diverse American Indian backgrounds and experiences," the team said in a statement, adding that the goal was to raise awareness about Native American cultures and celebrate their traditions in the Kansas City region.

Other modifications could result in the removal of the Drum Deck, which the team said is currently under review.

While many fans enjoy being able to play the drum at games, the team said it is working on ways to "shift the focus of the drum to something that symbolizes the heartbeat of the stadium."

Still, several of the team's traditions will remain intact, such as the Blessing of the Four Directions, the Blessing of the Drum and inviting members of tribes to join in the American Indian Heritage Month Game in November or December. 

The changes will immediately go into effect as the team underscores its intention to "continue the dialogue on these significant topics."

The move comes after Washington, D.C.'s NFL team decided last month to retire the controversial "Redskins" name and logo, citing its appropriation of Native American culture and charges of racism.