Former UIUC Graduate Student Joseph Gone Discusses Retiring Mascot



The subject: "Should He Stay or Should He Go? Retiring The Chief." Dr. Gone's article on the "Chief" was made available to those in attendance prior to the forum. This event, sponsored by the SBA 1L Representatives and co-sponsored by the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), was an informative lecture and discussion about the university's controversial mascot, "Chief Illiniwek."

Reflecting upon both the historical and contemporary implications of university sponsorship of the "Chief," Dr. Gone (Gros Ventre), a graduate of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at UIUC and currently Assistant Professor of Psychology and American Culture at the University of Michigan, recounted his first-hand experience in the collective efforts of local Native American activists to retire the mascot.

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