Cleveland Indians implement extremely tiny steps to maybe phase out Chief Wahoo
That does not mean the Indians are going to change or retire the Chief Wahoo logo. This does not even mean the Cleveland Indians will begin considering changing or retiring the Chief Wahoo logo. But it does mean that the organization considers it a topic worth addressing, and may be laying the groundwork for an eventual logo change.
Crain's Business Cleveland reports that the Cleveland Indians are asking for fan sentiment about the Chief Wahoo logo, possibly as an early stage tactic to lay the groundwork for changing the logo.
The Indians continuously survey our fans on all matters of the organization,” an Indians spokesperson told Crain's. “In this instance, the feedback on logos and uniforms was a small part of an overarching fan satisfaction survey and represents a normal course of action in our effort to ultimately provide the best fan experience possible."
If you think the current Chief Wahoo is bad, you should see the one the club used from 1946-1950. (You can see it, right there at left). As a lifelong Indians fan, I never understood why they couldn't just change the name of the team to "The Tribe" and get rid of Chief Wahoo.
The Indians considered retiring Chief Wahoo in 1993, when they moved to Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field). A pro-Wahoo fan movement successfully discouraged the move.
Native American advocates have been protesting the logo at Indians opening day games every year for the last 40 years. "We continue to insist that Cleveland Baseball abolish use of the clearly bigoted, racist, and shameful 'Indians' team name and the despicable 'Chief Wahoo' logo," the Cleveland American Indian Movement said in a statement this year.
If you would like to jam the survey with your responses, you can find the Indians' survey on Chief Wahoo online. Anyone can fill it out! But you have to answer, like, 16 other questions first.