The Cleveland Indians will finally abandon their racist logo after this season

End is near for racist baseball mascot

Sundance, a member of the Muskogee Creek nation and the executive director of the Cleveland American Indian Movement, has been a longstanding critic of Chief Wahoo.

Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement that the league had held "constructive conversations" with the team about the logo over the past year, and that the team "ultimately agreed" to remove the logo from on-field uniforms.

"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", Manfred said.

Manfred acknowledged the logo's deeply problematic nature in April 2017, when the league awarded the 2019 All-Star Game to the Cleveland baseball team, and in related meetings pressured the team to "transition away from the Chief Wahoo logo", MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said.

The Indians, a charter member of the American League, were originally called the Blues when the team debuted in 1901.

"We fully expect to work with the Commissioner throughout the remainder of this season on finding a solution that is good for the game and our organization".

The Cleveland Indians will drop the Chief Wahoo logo next year. David Waldstein of the New York Times also reported that the logo will not appear on signs or banners at their ballpark, Progressive Field.

(It replaced a far more offensive illustration, if you can believe it.) The look of Chief Wahoo underwent some revisions in the following decades, but for the most part the cartoon became the face of Cleveland's baseball team.

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

Debuting in 1948, the logo has remained in circulation even as the team has made it less prominent in favor of the new block "C" logo that now adorns their main caps.

The Cleveland Indians will no longer include images of "Chief Wahoo" on their uniforms beginning in 2019, Major League Baseball formally announced on Monday.

Other Native activists expressed more skepticism.

Every year, groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside the stadium before the home opener in hopes of not only getting the team to abolish Chief Wahoo but to change the Indians' nickname, which they feel is an offensive depiction of their race. Then-team president Mark Shapiro said in 2013 that the Wahoo logo was "going nowhere" even as he was helping to gently nudge the team away from Wahoo.

The polarizing mascot is coming off the team's jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, a move that will end Chief Wahoo's presence on the field but may not completely silence those who deem it racist.

"I would have just ripped off the Band-Aid", Brown said.

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