It was only a matter of time before someone sued my alma mater, the University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign, over the use of the Chief as a mascot. There is another article in the Trib about the Chief today, too. All of the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the Chief will reach a climax this week and next as we advance through the NCAA basketball tournament.
I love the chief and I would assume most Indians would, too. The only time you ever see him is at halftime during mens football and basketball games. He doesn't do the dunk tank at the fair and you won't see him signing autographs after the game. Pretty respectful. But lots of very sensitive people don't think so. So they want to get rid of him along with the logos for the Cleveland Indians, Washington Redskins and others. Interesting that no one has ever mentioned the Florida State Seminole. He comes out before the game on a horse and tosses a flaming spear into the ground at midfield! People down south are very serious about their football - I assume they simply don't hear or beat up those who don't like their mascot.
The losers that hate the fact that the chief is around have the most twisted logic in my opinion. If you get rid of all of these mascots, you will have exactly zero things to remind you of the peoples that used to reside here, with the exception of a few small museums. Look around. Tell me how many things you see on your way home tonight that invoke Indians or their customs - zero. Unless you pass an Indian casino, but that is a different post for a different day.