Native Americans in Illinois make their needs known in Springfield

Stories and examples of Native American culture filled the state Capitol Wednesday. (Dave Dahl/WJBC)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – Native American groups made their concerns known during what was described as a first-of-its kind summit with state lawmakers at the Capitol Wednesday.

The most prominent topic at a news conference – which featured a traditional chant – was the story of Nimkii Curley, whom Evanston Township High School kept off the graduation stage because he added an eagle feather and necklace to his cap and gown.

Other subjects of interest to the Native American nations:

  • Use of Native American mascots
  • Native American education/history in schools
  • Increased support for Native Americans in urban areas
  • Renaming Columbus day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • Native American adoptions within the Indian Child Welfare Act that is currently in front of the Supreme Court in Haaland v Brackeen

Dave Dahl can be reached at news@wjbc.com

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