The 3 in 1 is an integral part of the musical tradition of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The administration appears ready to eliminate any reference to the Native American culture that was once a dominant force in the State of Illinois and gave the State (and the school) its name. The 3 in 1 is not meant to mimic or mock Native American tradition or culture and the majority of the medley was composed before the controversial Chief Illiniwek was first conceived. The music is intended to be a proverbial nod to the Native American roots of the Midwest and the history of the University of Illinois. Removing any such references would only serve to sanitize our history by eliminating Native American elements and would be a disservice to those who came before.
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