Weekend Reads: Trump wall blasting destroys sacred sites; South Dakota poised to approve Oceti Sakowin schools; and more

In this blog:

  • Trump wall blasting destroys sacred sites
  • Native nations can’t afford to lose National Environmental Policy Act
  • Lakota Law Project finds threats of uranium, mercury in surface ground water in western South Dakota
  • South Dakota Senate passes bill for Oceti Sakowin schools
  • South Dakota again kills bill to extent time period allowing Indigenous survivors of Catholic school abuse to sue

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Columbus Monument in Disrepair: Will it Get State Money?; MN Tribe Wants Elk Restored; Abandoned Uranium Mines a Health Threat to Natives

We have dedicated quite a bit of space this blog critiquing art inside the Minnesota State Capitol, adding only a few passing posts on the outdoor monuments. It was a pragmatic choice. The state-appointed Art Subcommittee has driven the debate around Capitol art, and it’s focused on art inside the Capitol. Its recommendations will not include outdoor statues.
Now comes a story from Minnesota Public Radio headlined: Time takes toll on historical markers at Capitol, which reminds us of the roughly two dozen memorials and markers on the Capitol grounds. Two of the more controversial monuments honorĀ  Christopher Columbus (Idle No More Twin Cities has called for its removal) and the statue to former Minnesota Governor, U.S. Representative and Senator Knute Nelson (a key player in federal policies that stripped Ojibwe people of land and resources). Both statues have prominent locations: Columbus on the Capitol’s east lawn and Nelson on the Capitol’s front steps.

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