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Biden Pulls Andrew Jackson's Portrait from Oval Office

Replaced with a portrait of Benjamin Franklin and art from Apache sculptor Allan Houser


January 25, 2021

Benjamin Franklin replaced "Indian Killer" Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office close to Chiricahua Apache Sculptor Allan Houser's "Swift Messenger." (Photo via Facebook)

WASHINGTON - Every time the White House changes leadership, the Oval Office décor is updated to be reflective of the wishes of the president. By the time President Joe Biden entered the Oval Office late Wednesday afternoon his office was already set up for him.

Gone from the wall was the portrait of President Andrew "Indian Killer" Jackson that was there during Biden's predecessor's time in the Oval Office. The removal of the Jackson portrait was welcome news for Indian Country.

Among American Indians, Jackson is commonly referred to as the "removal president" and the "Indian-killer" because he signed the Indian Removal Act that stole millions of acres of lands from tribes that led to the forced removal from tribal ancestral lands to west of the Mississippi. The harsh removal campaign is commonly referred to as the Trail of Tears.


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