The Cleveland Indians are finally parting ways with their Chief Wahoo logo.
Beginning in 2019, the team’s jerseys will no longer feature the Native American caricature, which has been widely characterized as offensive and racist. The change was announced Monday by Major League Baseball.
The Indians had already been shifting away from using the symbol. The team adopted a “C” as its main logo in recent years.
The Chief Wahoo symbol, however, was still stitched onto their uniforms.
“Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
The Indians and the NFL’s Washington Redskins were two of the long-time holdouts in the shift away from Native American mascots and logos by many teams and universities.
The Redskins continue to use the name and a logo showing the profile of a Native American.