The intensifying debate over the Washington Redskins nickname seems to have prompted at least one other professional club, the Cleveland Indians, to reassess their usage of Native American imagery in their logo. At the end of every season, the Cleveland Indians survey the fans on a variety of topics. This year’s survey included a question about their well-known Chief Wahoo logo, pictured above.
The image was shown with a number of statements listed below that fans were asked to rate on a scale of 5 responses ranging from “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree.” The statements the fans were asked to rate were: “This logo reflects the heritage of the Indians,” “I feel a strong positive emotional connection to this logo,” “This logo makes me proud of the Indians,” “This logo represents more than the team – it represents the city of Cleveland,” and “This logo is an important part of my support for the Indians.”
The survey, which was sent to those who had purchased tickets from the team’s website or had registered with the site, also asks for fans’ opinions on the team’s other logos. Though the team earlier this year stated they do not plan on phasing out Chief Wahoo, the survey question indicates that the club might be looking at a potential change.