The Cleveland Indians are making a much needed cultural change to their history.
The polarizing Chief Wahoo logo that has adorned the hats, uniforms, and merchandise of the Cleveland Indians since 1947 will be no more. The Indians have today announced that the controversial logo will be removed from the team’s uniforms for the 2019 season.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) January 29, 2018
After lengthy discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, the Indians are shelving the big-toothed, smiling, red-faced caricature, which has been used in used in various expressions by the team since 1947.
“Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game,” Manfred said in a statement. “Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo. During our constructive conversations, Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team.”
According to ESPN, every year, groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside the stadium in downtown Cleveland before the home opener in hopes of not only getting the team to abolish Chief Wahoo but to change the Indians’ nickname.
Removing the logo is the first step in the right direction for changing the narrative that Native Americans voices matter.