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Here are past news stories about the controversy of Chief Illiniwek which have appeared on either the Native American House or American Indian Studies homepage or in its e-newsletter.

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2009

On May 20, 2009, three items from the Beyond the Chief art exhibit, created by the renowned Cheyenne-Arapaho artist HOCK E AYE VI Edgar Heap of Birds, were vandalized for the fifth time. Click here to view full article

On Friday, October 2, students plan a protest of this year's "Next Dance" Click here to view full article

2008

The planned event represents a step backwards in the process of changing the climate of intolerance, insensitivity, and dehumanization that Native American people experience at Illinois. Click here to view full article

I Resist reports on how pro-mascot supporters organized a return of "chief" illiniwek. Click here to view full article

Department of History expresses solidarity with the November 15th statement issues by the Native American House and American Indian Studies Program. Click here to view full article

2007

Chancellor will not tolerate violent threats. Click here to view full article

The controversy has gotten uglier and Native Americans on campus are demanding protection after discovering threats and racist jibes against them on a Facebook group. Click here to view full article

On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, open season has been declared on Native Americans and other people of color at settings where intolerance and hate might least be expected -- at some of our foremost American colleges. Click here to view full article

In an official resolution, the Oglala Sioux refer to the "theatrics" and "antics" of "chief illiniwek" and notes that the "regalia is being misused to represent 'Chief Illiniwek'" and needs to be returned to the rightful owners of the tribe. Click here to view full article

It is time to heal and take responsibility for the history and legacy of "chief illiniwek." Click here to view full article

The practice of racial masquerade now belongs to the past. Click here to view full article

The administration's lack of courage to hold firm on the policy of the "no Chief logo or imagery" represents another assault to Native Americans and all people of color.Click here to view full article

U of I grad Samson Raphaelson is enjoying a nice little comeback lately, a quarter of a century after his death. Members of the marching band might recognize the name. Click here to view full article

Although the NCAA forced the University of Illiniwaks to prevent this Little Red Sambo from desecrating at half-times everything American Indians hold dear and treasure, nevertheless Chief Illiniwak still remains the officially designated "honored symbol." Click here to view full article

2006

This second appeal is indicative of the types of disingenuous stalling tactics that the BOT has been actively engaging in for more than fifteen years with the mascot issue.Click here to view full article

NAH commends the NCAA for its commitment to "promote an atmosphere of respect for and sensitivity to the dignity of every person" and its actions based upon that commitment. Click here to view full article

National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media present a letter to the NCAA that links "Chief Illiniwek" with the nickname "Fighting Illini." Click here to view full article

After eight decades of institutionalized cultural insensitivity, the timing is right for the university to officially terminate the demeaning fantasy of Chief Illiniwek and the equally demeaning nickname "Fighting Illini." Click here to view full article

More than 300 students and community members rallied on the Quad to protest the October 5, 2006 "Tacos and Tequila" where students dressed in stereotypical "Mexican" dress and brown-face. Click here to view full article

The legislation limits the NCAA's ability to impose sanctions on member institutions by reason of a team name, symbol, emblem or mascot. Click here to view full article

Congressional Field Hearing ended up being a stacked Republican attempt to shame the NCAA for pushing us closer to ending the use of a racist mascot at UIUC. Click here to view full article

2005

March 15, 2005, the Illinois Native American Bar Association filed a law suit in the Cook Country Circuit Court against the University of Illinois Board of Trustees saying the "Chief" mascot perpetuates a racial stereotype.

Dr. Gone (Gros Ventre), a graduate of the doctoral program in clinical psychology, recounted his first-hand experience in the collective efforts of local Native American activists to retire the mascot. Click here to view full article

The Native American House finds the University's "Self Evaluation" response an insult to campus, an affront to Native peoples, and a blatant disregard for the intent of the initial request. Click here to view full article

Board of Trustees' appeal demonstrates lack of respect for American Indian voices and a lack of comprehension of UIUC's mascot issue. Click here to view full article

2004

NCA reports states that the "real issue here is a troubling failure of enlightened leadership and shared governance by the board of a major world-class research university."

Board of Trustees Approves "Heritage" Resolution
September 10, 2004, News-Gazette story about the resolution.

UIUC Sees Significant Drop in "Minority" Enrollment
September 27, 2004, "Preliminary Enrollment Report"

Activists Rap Mascot, Demand Cancellation of Game with Illinois
December 8, 2004, The Register-Guard story about the demand.

2002

The "Plummer Report"

March 13–14, 2002, seeking a compromise on Chief Illiniwek, a report by Trustee Roger Plummer was delivered to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

2000

April 14, 2000, following a Board of Trustees Resolution on January 13, 2000 that acknowledged the existence of a controversy, the University of Illinois conducted a historic "Dialogue on Chief Illiniwek." Moderated by Louis B. Grippo, on April 14, 2000, a public presentation -- or an "Intake Session" -- was held at Foellinger Auditorium.

1998