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Dakota tribe members say the were left out of new Ramsey County/St. Paul art installation


August 12, 2020

Jeff Wheeler – Star Tribune

Two of the four murals in the St. Paul City Council Chambers painted in 1933 by John Norton.

Days before Ramsey County and the city of St. Paul are set to unveil new, more inclusive artwork in historic meeting chambers, some members of the Dakota tribe say they felt left out of the process.

On Tuesday, two Minnesota lawmakers contacted the Ramsey County Board on behalf of members of the Dakota community who said they felt "invisible" and unheard.

"Members of the Dakota community felt they had been left out. They would have liked to have been part of the conversation," said Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, DFL-New Brighton. "There are a number of elders and Dakota artists that would have liked to participate in the decisionmaking. We have a very active Dakota artist community."


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