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Suggestions, opinions come flooding out at UI's open house on Chief

Plenty of opinions, and some practical suggestions, were shared Tuesday at the Illini Union at a public event designed to build on a recent campus conversation about Native American imagery on campus. 


Supporters hope to keep 'Fighting Illini,' reinvent Chief ...

On the heels of a trip by two University of Illinois trustees to Oklahoma, a Chief ... supporter Thursday urged the board to forge closer ties with the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma and win its support for the "Fighting Illini" name and possibly a new version of the Chief.


UI chancellor discusses his key takeaways from Chief conversations

He's still weighing the feedback, but University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones said a couple of suggestions have stood out from the recent conversations about Chief ...: developing new traditions for the campus and finding a way to commemorate the Chief's history at the university.


Top five moments of the past year

As the school year comes to an end, let’s take a look back on the biggest moments that happened over the year, in  no particular order.


Continued conversation on Chief ...

Twenty four hours after the senate vote, and the U of I is still discussing Chief ...


UI Senate rejects Rosenstein's Chief resolution, OKs one calling for new protest policies

An effort to stop unauthorized Chief ... appearances at University of Illinois sporting events fell short Monday, but the Academic Senate approved a substitute resolution calling on the campus to revise protest policies at UI athletic facilities.


UI Senate votes in favor of working on protest policy

The UI Senate voted to work with the State Farm Center to change its protest policy.


UI Senate to discuss resolution to ban Chief at games at next meeting

Professor Jay Rosenstein plans to ask the University of Illinois Academic Senate to vote on a resolution calling on the UI to stop Chief ... appearances at campus sporting events.


'Critical conversation' on Chief brings a bit of closure if no resolution

Nothing was resolved, but Tuesday's conversation about Chief ... may have provided a bit of "closure" 11 years after the Chief's last halftime dance, some participants said.


'Critical conversation' on Chief to feature two prominent guest speakers

Next week's "critical conversation" about the Chief ... controversy and Native American imagery will feature a former Chief portrayer and the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.


UI Senate approves resolution urging leaders to put Chief in past

The campus senate is urging University of Illinois leaders to move beyond the decades-long Chief ... controversy by supporting Native American programs and research on campus and enforcing its trademark rights over Chief imagery.


Commentary: A new job description could save Chief ...

"Chief ... ceased being a mascot for the University of Illinois sports teams more than a decade ago. But the debate about the Chief has been going on much longer than that, ..."


Students hold gear exchange to get rid of Chief logos

The University of Illinois student government continues to try to get rid of the Chief ... logo.


Problems persist protesting the Chief

A rule has students and faculty proposing a resolution to stop the unofficial chief from being at UI sporting events.


Illini AD calls for "respectful and civil dialogue" about Chief

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman is asking Illini Nation to be open-minded when talking about issues concerning Chief ...


An Indian ‘Chief’ Mascot Was Dropped. A Decade Later, He’s Still Lurking

After years of protests by Native Americans and pressure from the N.C.A.A., the University of Illinois in 2007 retired its mascot, Chief ..., who wore a feathered headdress and beaded buckskin to dance while the band played. The end of the chief, a university official said at the time, was a chance to “move our institution forward.”


ISG passes resolution to remove Chief logo

Illinois Student Government senators heard the public’s opinion about Chief ... and passed a resolution at Wednesday’s meeting to remove the Chief symbol from University buildings.


'It's time to rip the Band-Aid off'

The student government at the University of Illinois is pushing the school to remove all remaining Chief ... images from campus.


‘Meeting with the Chief’ results in alleged vandalism, assault and police involvement

“This campus is more divided than I’ve ever seen it. These protesters are more emphatic, destructive and literally hostile than I’ve ever seen before. And it’s shaking. It’s disappointing,” Dozier said.


Native American Guardian Association advocates for Chief ...

Saturday’s football game against Wisconsin was preceded by a Native American dance performance to show solidarity with the use of Chief ...’s likeness on campus.  The performance was hosted by the Native American Guardian Association, an organization dedicated to preserving Native American imagery and symbolism in American athletics.  “We come to find with recent research … most Native American people actually embrace (Native American symbols),” said Mark Thomas Beasley Yellow Horse, president of NAGA.


David Diehl on War Chant Controversy, Illini Outlook This Year (Exclusive) -Paul Banks

“So to continue to have these things taken away from the identity of who we are as a University it absolutely kills me because I know myself, I know anybody who put on one of those football jerseys or any of those Illlini jerseys for any other sport, you tried to embody as a player and as a person everything that the Chief embodied and symbolized himself.”


The Chief Problem for Minorities Isn't Mascots -Courtney Boyer

"It is almost more offensive that Native Americans, who do support Native American mascots, are bullied into finding something offensive that doesn’t offend them. It is more offensive that people who are in no way affiliated with Native Americans are the same people who so morally oppose these mascots. They are the same people who are trying to tell Native Americans how to think and feel."


Creator of the War Chant Not Happy About the Ban -Will Brumleve

“This is why there is such a passion revolving around this subject. To some outsiders, it’s ‘just a stupid mascot,’ and they scream for us to move on already. To those of us who understand, who’ve lived on campus, upholding the great traditions,  this runs deep within us. It’s a pride that gets us excited at ballgames. It’s a feeling when you hear the band hit that first big note during pre-game in Memorial Stadium or during halftime of the ‘Three-in-One’ Chief’s appearance and dance. It gives us chills when we gather at homecoming, with a feeling of ‘family’ after years of not seeing our friends from far away places. And all of this revolves around the Chief, the pride of the Illini."


The Chief: An Unspoken Presence -Annabeth Carlson

This is a four-chapter series about how the tradition of Chief ... continues on campus despite its ban in 2007. The series dives into how the Chief has remained a prevalent image in the C-U community and how its impact is felt across campus.


The Chief Controversy -Kristian Porter

“I will say that most of the community is pretty uneducated about the full history and symbolism, which is unfortunate, but gives us a clear goal of education,” Ivan Dozier says. “Not a single person I’ve talked to over the years who is against the Chief has had all of their facts correct. To me this paints a clear picture—that we need to get everyone educated about the issue first and come to opinions later.”


Frustrated Illini, UI Fails to Lead -Dave Wischnowsky

"Because with this deeply complex issue, the truth is that U. of I. banning War Chant isn’t really just about a song. Rather, big picture-wise, it’s yet another step in the university’s maddening campaign to eradicate all things related to this state’s Native American heritage rather than find ways to better embrace it."

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