University of Illinois Chief Illini mascot

Charlene Teeters holding protest sign


  • "In Whose Honor?" Director Jay Rosenstein explains the significance of the NFL's Washington team dropping their nickname in a University of Illinois Q&A (7/21/20).
  • The Washington NFL Team announces it will replace its longtime nickname Redskins after decades of controversy (7/13/20). (press release)
  • Shoshone-Bannock Tribes release a Position Paper about the use of Native American mascots in Idaho schools (2019).
  • Little League International bans American Indian team nicknames and mascots. Read the National Congress of American Indians' congratulatory statement.
  • Jay Rosenstein's resolution in support of the Peoria Tribe's anti-Chief Illiniwek statement passes the University of Illinois Academic Senate by a vote of 98-1. Read the story (9/25/18).
  • Essay by In Whose Honor? director Jay Rosenstein about two UI Trustees trip to the Peoria Tribe. Read the story (9/16/18).
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  • A GREAT takedown of Chief Illiniwek by Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke. Read the story (9/14/18). Or here.
  • IN WHOSE HONOR? mourns the passing of Vernon Bellecourt (WaBun-Inini), who dedicated his life to work for the benefit of American Indian people. Read my essay about Vernon.
  • March 13, 2007 -- the University of Illinois Board of Trustees pass a resolution officially retiring Chief Illiniwek. Story is here.
  • Feb. 22, 2007 -- column from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
  • Feb. 19, 2007 -- a great column from well-known Native American writer and newspaper owner Tim Giago, a long-time critic of mascots.
  • Feb., 16, 2007 -- read the statement about the retirement of Chief Illiniwek from the National Congress of American Indians.
  • Feb. 16, 2007 -- CHIEF ILLINIWEK IS RETIRED!!! Read the statement by the Univ. of Illinois Board of Trustees.
  • Feb. 16, 2007 -- Producer Jay Rosenstein and IN WHOSE HONOR? mentioned in a New York Times article, and a Decatur Herald and Review (IL) article.
  • Feb. 2, 2007 -- Prodcuer Jay Rosenstein and IN WHOSE HONOR? in a Washington Post article.
  • Jan. 27, 2007 -- A great article on Chief Illniwek from the Washington Post.
  • Jan. 17, 2007 -- Oglala Sioux tribal council ask for Illiniwek costume back! Read the resolution.
  • Jan. 14, 2007 -- Producer Jay Rosenstein and IN WHOSE HONOR? in syndicated column by Native American journalist George Benge.
  • Complete Records of University of Illinois Board of Trustees appeals to the NCAA. The NCAA denied both of the U of I's appeals.
  • IN WHOSE HONOR? now available on DVD for educational purchasers. Visit New Day Films for details.
  • IN WHOSE HONOR? producer Jay Rosenstein wins award for Best Radio News Story by a non-Native from the Native American Journalists Association - 6/25/01.
  • U. S. Civil Rights Commission says Indian mascots are discriminatory - Champaign News Gazette - 4/14/01
  • Champaign Schools take down Chief paraphernalia - Champaign News Gazette - 3/2/01
  • Faculty targets "Chief" - Chicago Sun-Times - 2/28/01
  • The Chicago Tribune calls for an end to Illiniwek - 10/2/00.
  • University of Illinois' accreditation threatened because of Illiniwek -2/26/00.