The Chief Wahoo logo came back yet again in 1980, and would be used as their main logo until 2013. "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". While the logo will disappear from both uniforms and stadium displays next year, merchandise branded with the logo will still be allowed to be sold in local shops but not on the MLB's website, according to the New York Times.
The logo won't be available on any gear available for purchase online at Major League Baseball's store after 2019.
But on Monday, Major League Baseball announced that the 2018 season would be Chief Wahoo's last.
Chief Wahoo has always been the subject of public scrutiny, with critics claiming that the grinning red-faced logo is offensive to the Native American community.
"Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan's acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course".
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, along with Indians owner Paul Dolan, released a joint statement explaining that the removal of Chief Wahoo is one that followed discussions between the team and the MLB itself.
In truth, he's been dying for a long time as the Indians have walked a fine line between angering its mascot-embracing fans and slowly transitioning away from its use.
Cleveland Indians will remove 'Chief Wahoo' logo from uniforms in 2019
Other Native activists expressed more skepticism.
Here is a detailed view of the Chief Wahoo logo on a Cleveland Indians baseball hat during photo day at Goodyear Ballpark.
Several franchises across the sports landscape continue to feature controversial mascots similar to Chief Wahoo.
"Chief Wahoo" logo from their uniforms, effective with the 2019 season.
The team will still be making money on the caricature. That court case was dismissed by a judge.
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.
"Those Native American protesters who gather at the ironically named Progressive Field-some of them members of the Cleveland American Indian Movement (AIM) and the Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance-have not been met with open arms or friendly words".