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Resources for How to Talk About the Mascot Workshop

Although it has been over a decade since the Chief has been discontinued, many people have strong feelings about what the Chief means to them. Below is a brief list of resources related to How To Talk About the Mascot, a workshop on how to have a productive and engaged dialogue about the mascot, hosted by Diversity & Social Justice Education, February 21, 2018.


In Whose Honor? American Indian Mascots in Sports (Film, 1997)

Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian (Film, 2009)


Deloria, Philip J. (1999). Playing Indian. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Garroutte, Eva M. (2003). Real Indians: Identity and the Survival of Native America. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Guiliano, Jennifer. (2015). Indian Spectacle: College Mascots and the Anxiety of Modern America. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Spindel, Carol. (2000). Dancing at Halftime: Sports and the Controversy over American Indian Mascots. New York: New York University Press.

Archives, Articles & Additional Resources

American Indian Studies Resource List | Maintained by the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chief Illiniwek Dialogue Responses & Board of Trustees Files | University of Illinois Archives

“Where Pride Meets Prejudice,” NCAA Champion Magazine | Article reflecting on 10 years after NCAA decision

Summary of APA Resolution Recommending Retirement of American Indian Mascots