A group of Native Americans visited Springfield last week, to raise awareness and advocate for legislation. The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative discussed their agenda, including getting rid of all Indian-related school mascots. Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton of Western Springs says she will be introducing a bill prompted by a student in her area who wasn’t allowed to walk for graduation because of his beaded cap and eagle feather.
“With this initiative, Illinois will guarantee a students’ right to wear or accessorize their graduation attire with culturally significant items protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act.”
The group is also calling for more American Indian history to be taught in Illinois schools.
***Courtesy of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services***