(CNN)A Chicago Blackhawks statue outside of the professional hockey team's downtown arena was vandalized early Monday with splashes of bright paint across a likeness of the team's mascot and an indigenous rights phrase near its base.
Chicago Blackhawks statue vandalized with paint and an indigenous rights phrase
Photos of the vandalism were first posted on Twitter by an account with the username @zhigaagoong, which calls for "no racist mascots" in its account description. Local activists have said zhigaagoong is the indigenous name for Chicago.
The Twitter photos show different angles of splashed paint and phrases painted around its base. Among the slogans was "Land Back," a rallying cry used by indigenous people to fight for land reclamation and protest against development projects.
The Chicago Police Department confirmed the incident, telling CNN "four offenders vandalized the property (statue) at the listed address with red paint."
"The area has been cleaned already" and "no one is in custody," the CPD said, adding that "detectives are investigating."
The structure, which stands outside Chicago's United Center, is "currently under a tarp for protection and will be sent off to be repaired in the near future," the Blackhawks said in a statement to The Athletic.
CNN reached out to the team for comment but has yet to hear back.
The vandalism came on Columbus Day, which, in a number o