Originally Posted by Mixx
It is not an accent, it is the proper English pronunciation of our state for 150 years. An accent would be like some New Yorkers "choosing" to pronounce their state as "New Yawk".
Nevadans are quite forgiving of foreigners mispronouncing the state, however, once corrected, I would hope you would adopt the correct pronunciation.
I'm guessing that you do not pronounce Illinois as Illi-noise. If not, why not? Isn't...