Section Newsletter Articles on Chief Illiniwek
Last war dance for the Chief
, June 2007
Decades-long battles involving reason, history, protests by students and faculty, pleadings from every Native American organization in the United States and lawsuits couldn’t move the Chancellors, Presidents and Trustees of the University of Illinois to cease using Chief Illiniwek as a team mascot.
, June 2006
The Native American Bar Association et al., appealed the circuit court’s order dismissing their Complaint seeking Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees for their use of Native American imagery in the form of Chief Illiniwek as a sports mascot in violation of Illinois’ Civil Rights Act, 740 ILCS 23/5 (2003).
Why we took Chief Illiniwek to court
, August 2005
The Native American Bar Association filed case 05 CH 04735 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, on June 30, 2005 alleging that the University of Illinois, by its Board of Trustees, et al., violated the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 (740 ILCS 23/1 sec. 5) by discriminating against Native Americans.
Retire Chief Illiniwek
, October 2004
Chief Illiniwek's performances were a welcome interlude when I attended sporting events as a student and later as an alumni at the University of Illinois' campus.