A group of college students who once portrayed Chief Illiniwek are pushing for the mascot's return to the University of Illinois.  A group calling itself the Council of Chiefs wants the Illiniwek character to live again at university-sponsored sports events.  The school banned the headdress-wearing and face-painted Chief mascot in 2007 because it was deemed offensive by Native Americans.  

The group says it's trying to drum-up support from Native Americans and proposed Chief Illiniwek return at two on-field events each year as a trial run but so far university officials say no-way. 


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