Racist Chief Illiniwek, University of Illinois Hate Speech Mascot, Will Appear No More at Sporting Events.

Good to the last drop. This mascot, this travesty, is now posted on the University of Illinois website. Note the cute little blue and orange war paint–school colours–on this white guy’s face. I suppose racism is now going to morph from the game to the website. Bigotry and racialism die hard at this state university.

A racist mascot that has been dancing and prancing since 1926 is soon to end the dancing and prancing after the last Illini basketball home game on February 21, 2007. The only reason why the Board of Trustees terminated this mascot is due to money–the only value that universally is worshipped in the corporatised university. N.C.A.A. sanctions prohibited any hosting of post-season tournaments. This might discourage athletes from attending and might lower the wins for the programme. This might have collateral damage in the big revenue sports, even though they would never host a N.C.A.A. tournament for basketball or football.

The university convinced itself that this white-male-student-mascot mocking of a Native American with buckskin, feathers, headdress and shoeless feet was respectful. No, it was meant to entertain predominately white alumni and fans at the expense of a defiled and brutalised people. No, it was presenting indigenous peoples as exotic stereotyped mascots as if on a totem pole and was and shall forever disgrace the University of Illinois. Years ago faculty there voted to end this nasty business but they were ignored. Only when the N.C.A.A. categorised the chief as “hostile and abusive” and put sanctions on the athletic programme, did the university cave in to those who knew having a mascot of this nature was despicable and racist to its core.

Racism destroys the fabric of human community and contributes to the violence that so dominates American life and society.

The following are some schools BEFORE the University of Illinois that eliminated their indigenous mascots and substituted less offensive symbolic representation. Shame on those presidents and boards of trustees at the University of Illinois who ignored calls for respect, caring and justice toward the objects of American genocide from its founding through the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890.

American Indian Mascot & Nickname Changes

Compiled by Jay Rosenstein, Associate Professor, University of Illinois
Please cite or credit the above individual if using the information
Please report any additions or changes to jrosenst@uiuc.edu
© 2007 Jay Rosenstein

It left out this one:
Marist High School, 4200 W. 115th St., Chicago changed its mascot several years ago to prevent a controversy like the one at U. of I. When the then all-mens Catholic school adopted a “Redskins” nickname and American Indian mascot in the 1960s, the word did not resonate as it does now, said alumni director Marty Wirtz. In 1997, the school determined the nickname was offensive and changed it to “Redhawks” and the mascot is now a bird.

1969, Oct. 12 – Dartmouth University, originally founded to educate American Indians, changes from the Indians to Big Green.

1971 – Marquette University (WI) abolishes Willie Wampum mascot.

1971 – Mankato State College (Minn) drops Indian caricature mascot.

1972, March 2 – Stanford University changes from Indians to Cardinal and drops Prince Lightfoot mascot.

1972 – Dickinson State University (ND) changes from Savages to Blue Hawks.

1973 – University of Oklahoma drops Little Red mascot.

1978 – Syracuse University (NY) drops Little Red mascot.

1980 – Southern Oregon State University drops Red Raiders motif.

1987-88 – St. John’s University (NY) drops caricature logo and mascot.

1988 – Siena College (NY) changes from Indians to Saints.

1988 – Saint Mary’s College (Minn) changes from Red Men to Cardinals.

1989, Oct. 13 – Bradley University (IL) drops mascot and replaces Indian caricature logo.

1991, Feb. – Eastern Michigan University changes from Hurons to Eagles on recommendationof a state civil rights commission.

1992 – Naperville Central High School (IL) drops nickname Redskins.

1993 – Arkansas State University drops Runnin’ Joe mascot.

1993 – Arvada High School (CO) changes from Redskins to Reds.

1993, April 9 – University of Wisconsin passes a resolution refusing to play non-conference games against teams with Indian nicknames.

1993, Nov. 2 – Bradley University (IL) adopts Bobcats mascot and drops all Indian references in its logo, but keeps nickname Braves.

1994, April – University of Iowa bans the University of Illinois mascot, Chief Illiniwek and announces it won’t schedule games with teams with Indian mascots.

1994, May 2 – Juanita College (PA) changes from Indians to Eagles. According to committee chair Charles C. Brown, Jr., “the utilization of a cultural stereotype as a mascot is inconsistent with the educational mission of the college.”

1994, May 3 – Marquette University (WI) changes from Warriors to Golden Eagles.

1994, June 6 – St. John’s University (NY) changes from Redmen to Red Storm.

1994, Dec. 8 – University of Southern Colorado drops Indian mascot after 57 years.

1994 (?) – Montclair State College (NJ) changes from Indians to Red Hawks,

1996, March 31 – Newton High School (Conn) announces they will drop their Indian mascot.

1996, July 3 – University of Tennessee-Chattanooga drops mascot, Chief Moccanooga.

1996, Sept. 26 – Miami of Ohio University votes 7-1 to drop nickname Redskins after being used for 68 years.

1998, March 20 – Yakima Valley Community College (WA) drops Indian nickname.

1998, April 7 – Federal judge in Los Angeles upholds district policy banning Indian mascots at all of its schools.

1998, April 22 – Southern Nazarene University (OK) changes from Redskins to Crimson Storm. According to the school’s president “with the increased attention in the country to do it, we just did not want to be the last to make a change, and I feel eventually most schools with that kind of mascot or nickname will do.”

1999. March 5 – Indiana University of Pennsylvania announces it will retain nickname Indians, but change mascot to a black bear.

1999, March 5 – Erwin High School, Asheville, NC discontinues calling girl’s teams Squaws, but retains Warriors nickname.

1999 – Since 1991, 25 Wisconsin schools have eliminated Indian mascots or nicknames; 43 remain.

1999, June – Seattle University (WA) changes from Chieftains to Redhawks and drops its Indian head logo.

2000, Sept. 22 – Scarborough (Maine) High School drops nickname Redskins.

2000, Oct. 17 – Niles West High School (IL) drops nickname Indians.

2001, May 10 – Southwestern College (CA) changes mascot from Apache to Jaguar.

2001. May 21 – Woonsocket High School (SD) votes to drop Redmen nickname and mascot by 3-2 board vote.

2001. May 25 – San Diego State University (CA) drops Montey Montezuma mascot.

2001. May 27 – Parsippany High School (NJ) changes from Redskins to Redhawks.

2001, June 10 – Saranac Lake High School (NY) changes from Redskins to Red Storm by 6-1 school board vote.

2001, June 13 – Canastota High School (NY) drops Indian mascot by 6-0 board vote.

2001, June 20 – Ball-Chatham school board (IL) votes 5-2 to get rid of Indian mascots and nicknames in district schools. Chatham Glenwood High School changes to Titans from Redskins, and Glenwood Junior High no longer Braves.

2001, July 19 – Georgetown High School (SC) drops Waccamaw Warriors symbol.

2001, July 25 – Maryland State School Board passes resolution opposing Indian mascots by 10-2 vote.

2001, August – Bloomington High School (IL) drops Red Raiders nickname.

2001, August 15 – Colgate University drops word “Red” from “Red Raiders” nickname.

2001, August 29 — Montgomery School Board (Maryland), largest school system in the state, bans Indian mascots, logos, and nicknames by 7-1 vote. Included is Poolesville High School, which was the Indians. Montgomery Village Middle School had voluntarily stopped using the nickname Warriors.

2002, Feb. 25 – Milford High School (MI) drops Redskins.

2004, July 6 – Ottawa Hills High School (MI) drops Indian mascot.

2004, July 12 – Rice Memorial High School (VT) retires “Little Indian” mascot.

2004, Nov. 8 – Southeast Missouri State changes from Indians to Redhawks.

2005, Sept. 23 – Old Town High School (Maine) drops Indian nickname.

2005, Oct. 10 – Carthage College changes from Redmen to Red Men. NCAA removes them from list.

2005, Oct. 10 – Midwestern State University drops Indians. NCAA removes them from list.

2006, Jan. 8 – West Georgia University changes from Braves to Wolves.

2006, Jan. 20 – Southeastern Oklahoma State University changes from Savages to Savage Storm.

2006, Jan. 26 – Chowan College (NC) drops Braves nickname and mascot.

2006. Jan. 30 – Muscatine Community College (Iowa) drops Indians nickname and mascot.

2006, March 23 – Kelseyville High School (CA) drops “Indians” nickname, and Mountain Vista Middle School (CA) drops “Braves” nickname.

2006, April 8 – University of Louisiana-Monroe changes from Indians to Warhawks after being one of 18 schools on the NCAA list. References to the campus as “the Reservation” also stopped.

2006, Oct. 10 – College of William and Mary (VA) announces it will remove two feathers from its logo to compile with NCAA rule.

2006, Oct. 20 – Tomah (WI) School Board drops Indian mascot and logo by 4-1 board vote.

2006, Nov. 12 – Newberry College (SC) drops Indian nickname. NCAA removes them from banned list.

2006, Dec. 14 – Ypsilanti High School (MI) drops nickname Braves on a 4-3 board vote.

2007, Jan. 19 – Salesian High School (CA) changes from Chieftains to Pride.

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