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Capitol's paintings should go


A controversy has emerged in Minnesota regarding the offensive portrayal of American Indians in paintings displayed at the state capitol. The capitol building began renovation back in 2013 — a project that cost $309 million. The renovation is set for completion in 2017, but it seems four pieces of art in the capitol will reappear upon reopening, despite the fact that they negatively portray American Indians.

These paintings portray American Indians attacking white people. They highlight the brutality of American Indian violence and include stereotypical American Indian garb, like feathered headdresses and bare-chested women.The issue in question is whether to display them as representations of the evolution of history or to simply remove them from the public eye.


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