Despite the decades-long controversy surrounding the use of American Indian mascots, they remain a common sight on sporting fields across the United States. Despite the retirement of the the former mascot of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the chief continues to be a presence on campus and in the surrounding community. In this Conversation Cafe: Of Mascots and Misinformation, we will explore how problematic media representations of Native Americans extend to American Indian mascots. Further, we will discuss a recent interview-based research project conducted with a sample of undergraduate students currently attending the Univerisity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This study explored students' opinions of the chief and other American Indian mascots; findings highlight important disconnections between students' understandings of Native Americans as part of modern society and within-subject ambivalence related to the appropriateness of American Indian mascots.