The two schools began using a traveling trophy in 1945 to commemorate the series. Win or lose, Northwestern will take permanent control of the trophy.
I hadn't heard about this trophy. Did anyone tell the school that tomahawks are associated with the woodland Indians of the East? And not with the Sioux Indians of the Plains?
And what do either the Sioux or a tomahawk have to do with the Fighting Illini of Illinois? Is this another example of "traditional culture"--like the Chief Illiniwek costume donated by a Lakota Sioux? Another example of "honoring" Indians--like the dancing-clown Chief? How does mixing and matching elements from three different tribal regions show respect for Native people?
For more on the subject, see Team Names and Mascots.
Below: The actual tomahawk trophy and the annual-game tomahawk logo.