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Anti-Chief Illiniwek activists stage sit-in at college

Opponents of the Chief Illiniwek mascot at the University of Illinois ended their 33-hour sit-in on Friday afternoon.

About 40 protesters took over an administrative building, calling on the removal of the mascot. After negotiations with university officials, who agreed not to take disciplinary action, the group left with plans to meet with state lawmakers and the school's board of trustees.

Many Native students and alumni, along with faculty, oppose the caricature of an Indian chief but most others support it.

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