University of Illinois Chief Illini mascot

Charlene Teeters holding protest sign

Tribes that oppose Chief Illiniwek and/or Mascots:

  • Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
  • Chickasaw Nation
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation
  • Choctaw Nation
  • Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
  • Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe -- (Tribal Resolution)

National Organizations that oppose Mascots:

  • American Psychological Association -- (Resolution and Research)
  • National Congress of American Indians
  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • National Education Association
  • Indian Education Association
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association

  • Resolutions and Other Documents:


    • Resolution by the Executive Committee of the Oglala Sioux Tribe against Chief Illiniwek, 2007
    • Essay by In Whose Honor? Director Jay Rosenstein about the Peoria Tribe closing the door on Chief Illiniwek (9/16/18)