Indians to remove ‘Chief Wahoo’ logo



The Cleveland Indians have decided to remove their “Chief Wahoo” logo from the official uniform.

JOEL WAUTERS, Sports Editor | [email protected]

The Cleveland Indians have decided to remove their “Chief Wahoo” logo from their uniforms beginning in the 2019 MLB season.

The logo, which has been part of the American League team’s imagery dating back to the 1940’s, has been seen as an offensive, outdated and racist symbol towards Native Americans.

In 2014, the Indians made the controversial logo their secondary logo, replacing their primary image with a red letter “C.”

“While we recognize many of our fans  have a longstanding attachment to Chief Wahoo, I‘m ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred’s desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019,” said Indians owner Paul Dolan.

Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson applauded the team’s decision, stating that “Cleveland is an inclusive place that values all diversity.”

The Indians are coming off a 102 win season in 2017 and are already preparing to host the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.

While the Indians have made this move to change their face, they are not the only team facing controversy like this. The NFL’s Washington Redskins are under similar pressure to not only change their logo, but their name.

Only time will tell if Washington follows suit, and if other sports teams across the country with similar names and designs do the same.