Cleveland Indians are dropping the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms

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The beet red, smiling caricature of a Native American has always been a thorn in the side of those who consider it offensive and racist, with Major League Baseball finding it was no longer appropriate for a team to wear uniforms including Chief Wahoo.

As a result, Manfred has been outspoken in trying to get Dolan to eliminate the logo.

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.

"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.

The team was first called the Indians in 1915, according to Baseball-Reference.

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.

Divisive and hotly debated, the Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Cleveland Indians' uniform next year.

The presence of the Wahoo logo is likely to remain strong in the stands on caps, T-shirts and signs, and other Native American references in the stadium will probably persist. Last year, a Supreme Court ruling in another case cleared the way for the Redskins to preserve the trademark on its logo.

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After lengthy discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Indians are taking the extraordinary step of shelving the big-toothed, smiling, red-faced caricature, which has been used in used in various expressions by the team since 1947.

The move came after negotiations with Major League Baseball, which considers the logo inappropriate, reports the New York Times.

The long-simmering issue escalated in the fall of 2016 during the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland team, when an indigenous Canadian filed suit, seeking to prevent the logo from being used during games in Ontario.

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 decision by the Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo from team uniforms is wonderful news for the city".

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

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

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