Two distantly related stories have come up over the last two days:
a) Jim Leach has been handing out fake Native American headdresses at parades throughout his district. I have no idea why one would do that, but he seems to think it's fun. Jacki Rand, history professor at the U of I, is thoroughly unimpressed.
b) According to an AP report, The University of Illinois is thinking of retiring their long-time Native American mascot, Chief Illiniwek.
If Dave Loebsack can beat Jim Leach, can we convince Illinois to keep the Chief and let Leach fill the role on a permanent basis?