Opponents of 'Chief Illiniwek' rally on campus
Hundreds of opponents of the "Chief Illiniwek" mascot of the University of Illinois held a rally on the Urbana campus on Thursday.

Students and their supporters said the mascot was disrespectful to Native people. "If the chief showed up at a sacred dance circle at any powwow in America, he'd be thrown out of that circle and asked to leave. It ain't Indian dancing, folks. It's a minstrel show," said Loon He Flies Fast, a Chippewa from Wisconsin, The Washington Post reported.

The school has debated the mascot for years but faces additional pressure now that the NCAA considers the "Chief" hostile and abusive to Native people. And the Oglala Sioux Tribe's executive committee passed a resolution condemning the figure, a move that opponents say undermines the school's case for keeping the mascot.

Get the Story:
School Hears Calls to End Mascot's Act (The Washington Post 2/2)
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NCAA Update:
Status of Indian Mascot Policy (April 28, 2006)

NCAA Executive Committee Decision:
Native American Mascot Appeals Decisions (April 28, 2006)

NCAA Policy on Indian Mascots:
NCAA Executive Committee Issues Guidelines for Use of Native American Mascots at Championship Events (August 5, 2005)

Relevant Links:
Chief Illiniwek, University of Illinois - http://www.uiuc.edu/dialogue/index.html
Retire the Chief - http://www.retirethechief.org

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