The sign is valued at $10,000, according to the University police report. No arrests or citations have been issued in connection with the damage.
University police said it appeared as if someone had bent the sign, possibly using a shoulder.
The sign is a part of an exhibit by HOCK E AYE VI Edgar Heap of Birds and was designed to "remind the campus community whose land they occupy", according to the Native American House Web site. The signs represent 12 different indigenous peoples with homelands in Illinois.
For more on the subject, see Team Names and Mascots.