Native Americans Former ISU Basketball Star Helps Native American Youth 'Rise Above' By Mary Cullen & Eric Stock • Jul 17, 2019 Illinois State University A former Illinois State University basketball star is using her talents to empower Native American youth. GLT Datebook: Filmmaker Focuses On Native American Mascots And Identity By Laura Kennedy • Feb 23, 2019 Kenn Little Kenn Little takes aim at misrepresentation of Native Americans in the new documentary, “More Than a Word.” Is It Time For Illinois To Stop Celebrating Columbus Day? By Rachel Otwell • Oct 8, 2018 States like Hawaii, South Dakota and Alaska have replaced Columbus Day with the designation of ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day.' It's a trend that goes back decades, and in 2017 a law was signed that brought Illinois up to speed with that trend. Sort of.