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      Sioux want to strip Chief Illiniwek

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      CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -The Oglala Sioux Tribe wants the University of Illinois to return the regalia worn by the school's Chief Illiniwek mascot.

      A resolution from the tribe was submitted to the university's board of trustees ahead of its meeting today in Chicago. It called the use of Chief Illiniwek "a degrading racial stereotype."

      Tom Hardy, a spokesman for the board of trustees, says the board wouldn't yet respond to the resolution and needs to review it.

      The university bought the costume, including a headdress with eagle feathers, in 1982 from Sioux Chief Frank Fools Crow, whose wife made it. The eagle feathers have since been replaced by turkey feathers.

      (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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