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Thunder to wear Native American-themed uniforms (photos)

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - NOVEMBER 22: Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrate during the second half of a NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on November 22, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

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Washington’s football team uses a slur for its nickname. Cleveland’s baseball team uses a demeaning caricature for a logo. Even the teams that use Native American nicknames more honorably rarely started out that way.

The Thunder could be onto a new chapter – a professional sports team that uses Native American imagery positively from the onset.

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These photos are accurate, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman confirmed.

I’m eager to learn how the Thunder designed these and what each element represents. The uniforms could represent Oklahoma quite well.