Commentary: Don't get rid of Chief Illiniwek
Thursday, November 13, 2003

"The U of I mascot is a show of our state's heritage and has never been nor will ever be disrespectful. We believe the Chief honors our state's heritage.

Now, the same thing cannot be said for all Native American mascots.

The big-toothed guy with the huge feather used by the Cleveland Indians baseball team is a long way from Chief Illiniwek.

Further, the Washington Redskins football team might want to seriously consider a name change. And what of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Boston Celtics?"

Get the Story:
Commentary: Chief Illiniwek has his place (The Edwardsville Intelligencer 11/12)

Relevant Links:
Chief Illiniwek, University of Illinois -
Anti-Chief Site -

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Ill. mascot foes awarded $5,000 (07/23)
Ex-school official faces suit in mascot case (5/29)
Students vote to retire Illiniwek (5/3)
Retain or retire, but no apology for 'Chief' (3/14)
Chief Illiniwek report released (3/13)
Editorial: Rethink mascot opposition (3/7)
Illiniwek foes win round in court (4/6)
Church gives money to Chief Illiniwek foes (2/8)

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