Saturday, March 12, 2005

Five sue Chief supporters


Five people are claiming civil rights violations in a federal lawsuit against supporters of Chief Illiniwek. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Urbana by Charleston attorney Rodney Smith, says that Robert Leonard, William Cook, Diana Waters, David Wegeng and Roger Fontana are of American Indian heritage....The suit claims that the Honor the Chief Society advertised plans for an "Evening to Honor the Chief" reception and rally at the Round Barn Restaurant for that night. Leonard purchased five tickets at the restaurant, the suit says.


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