"Their wishes need to be respected," said Rhonda Levaldo, a Haskell Indian Nations University faculty member, who also leads a group called Not in Our Honor, which advocates against the use of Native American imagery in sports.
"We are, more than ever, committed to a respectful and open dialogue with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.," the statement adds.
A Cherokee Nation spokesperson also alluded to ongoing conversations on the topic.
"The Cherokee Nation has an open dialogue with Stellantis leadership, and look forward to ongoing discussions," the spokesperson said.
"People don't really see us for who we are," Levaldo said, adding that having a sports team or product named for a Native American tribe is not the preferred way to honor the culture.