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Univ. of Illinois being sued over Chief Illiniwek

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BB73, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    Got this from CBS's football board. I live in Illinois, but I don't feel very strongly either way about this.

    Native Americans sue Illinois university over Indian mascot

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    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD width=10> </TD><TD>[font=Arial, Helvetica]<!-- T8295844 --><!-- Sesame Modified: 03/16/2005 00:04:07 --><!-- sversion: 2 $Updated: mihaic$ -->CHICAGO -- Opponents of University of Illinois mascot Chief Illiniwek sued the school's trustees Tuesday, claiming the buckskin-clad figure perpetuates a racial stereotype.

    In its lawsuit, the Illinois Native American Bar Association and two individuals seek to force the school to stop using the Chief as its sports mascot.

    "The use of this mascot is outrageous. It's been going on way too long and it should come to an end," said Kim Edward Cook, association president.

    The Chief is a 78-year-old tradition in which a student dresses in buckskins and headdress and dances at sports events. The suit alleges the mascot violates Indians' rights under state law and violates the board's own policies against discrimination.

    In a statement issued Tuesday, the university said it is not violating any discrimination laws or its own anti-discrimination policies.

    "University counsel will thoroughly review the plaintiffs' suit and respond appropriately," the statement said. "Meantime, the Board of Trustees continues to move forward with its process aimed at reaching a consensus conclusion to the Chief Illiniwek issue."

    The Chief has been a divisive issue at the school for years. Supporters say the mascot is a symbol of reverence for the contribution of American Indians to Illinois history while opponents say it is racially offensive and demeaning.

    Stephen Naranjo, a University of Illinois at Chicago student, is among the plaintiffs.

    "(Naranjo) feels embarrassed about his heritage being reduced to a halftime sporting event entertainment," the suit said.

    The Associated Press News Service
  2. NightmaresDad

    NightmaresDad Woody Rules!

    I guess they'll have to change their nickname to the Wasps, and have an old white guy in bermuda shorts and dark socks, carrying around a metal detector be their new mascot. Or hell, i guess they could just hire me to do it...
  3. souL

    souL I.bulldoze

    I know a few Indians who said that 'dance' that the cheif does is a mockery.

    I think it would be much cooler if they were named the WASPs and it showed a white guy pushing an Indian down and taking all his shit.
  4. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    This is getting old... what really gets me is when they threaten states that they will open casino's and not pay a nickel to the states in taxes unless the states allow them to open a casino and give them a whole bunch of goodies for their taxes.

    You're either equal or not... pick one and lets move on. Don't play both sides of the fense.
  5. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Not to be an ass... but how big do you think this organization is?
  6. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    The name of that org. is funny considering the stereotype that Indians can't handle their liquor.
  7. AJHawkfan

    AJHawkfan Wanna make $14 the hard way?

    Why is that being portrayed as great warriors offends them, but the way Native Americans are portrayed now (drunks who own casinos) doesn't?
  8. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    And even the portrayal now is better than that particular reality... because its its actually "Drunks (though a bit overstated... hell, I'm a drunk) who work in Casinos that are mostly owned by white guys"
  9. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President


    sounds like we'd make good indians... lets join a tribe...

    not to thread jack.... buuuuuuut, if you were an indian what would your name be?

    I think GBear might actually work as a name... I worked with an indian that went by the name of "white bear" when I was a white water rafting guide in Utah. I don't see why Gbear wouldn't work :tongue2:
  10. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Don't Immanentize the Eschaton Staff Member

    I guess the white guys in the 1830s (this includes A. Lincoln) should have done a better job handling those Indians during the Black Hawk War. If they had, this wouldn't be an issue.
  11. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin


    Btw- My Indian Name would be Rider Like Buffalo.
  12. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    bite me


    I've driven all over the place in southern Utah/northern Arizona and its amazing how many cans and glass bottles you see on the sides of the highways. And these guys are supposed to be "one" with nature? :slappy:
  13. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Oh sure... the real Indians always got to say something.

    Also- "Rashmish"- Is not where Gbear was going with that.
  14. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Tibor would be Chief Little Wiener.
  15. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    I already have an Indian name. A real one. :roll1:

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