Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Indians will stop using 'Chief Wahoo' logo in 2019

Indians will stop using 'Chief Wahoo' logo in 2019

The ban extends only to on-field displays, meaning Chief Wahoo will still be a fixture on merchandise that's available throughout northern Ohio.

When the Indians visited the Toronto Blue Jays for games 3-5 in the 2016 ALCS, indigenous activist Doug Cardinal tried petitioning to the Ontario superior court to disallow Cleveland's team name and Chief Wahoo logo from appearing in Canada.

The logo had appeared in some form on Cleveland's uniforms since 1947, according to, and though the team has been minimising its appearance in recent years, it continued to be criticised by people who considered the image racist.

For instance, Chief Wahoo is not displayed during the team's spring training camp in Arizona, out of respect for the area's Native American population.

"Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game", MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

"We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion", he said in a statement issued by Major League Baseball that was obtained by The Times.

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Over the last few years, the club has been transitioning away from the logo. He is a leader of the Change the Mascot campaign against the team name of the Washington NFL club. "Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organisation about the Club's use of the Chief Wahoo logo. It doesn't make any sense to me, unless they want to continue to make what's basically blood money".

Cleveland lawyer and sports writer Peter Pattakos, who opposes the logo, also predicted that the change will lead to more Chief Wahoo in stands, not less.

Several franchises across the sports landscape continue to feature controversial mascots similar to Chief Wahoo.

Speaking before that series, Shapiro was more explicit, saying he had always been bothered by the Wahoo logo, something that was easier to say now that he was no longer part of the team. A judge dismissed the case. Though it won't be for sale on merchandise through Major League Baseball and it won't appear on jerseys, caps, or in Progressive Field where the Indians play, items with the logo will still be available locally, in stores across northern OH and in the team's shop.

"Those Native American protesters who gather at the ironically named Progressive Field-some of them members of the Cleveland American Indian Movement (AIM) and the Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance-have not been met with open arms or friendly words".

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