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n this Feb. 21, 2007 file photo, Chief Illiniwek, mascot for the University of Illinois, performs for the last time during an Illinois basketball game in Champaign. It has been six years since Chief Illiniwek last danced at the university. But a student group has put an item on a campus election ballot trying to garner student support for making the American Indian mascot the official symbol of the campus. The university shelved the mascot under threat of NCAA sanctions. AP Photo

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