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Monica Washington Padula
Kalamazoo, MI, United States

Mar 6, 2018 — A little after 1 am this morning, the Commission voted 5-1, with the City Manager's recommendation, to remove the imagery of the Fountain of the Pioneers.

For an 89-year old art-piece, I think it fulfilled many of the arguments presented to keep it. It provoked discussion over many decades, and provided an opportunity for Native people and folks committed to anti-racism and restorative justice the time to educate about Native history since European contact, and how the imagery impacts us today. People of Color especially came together to raise our voices over the course of the meetings leading up to this point.

Miigwetch/Thank you to all who contributed comments, shares, and signatures. I especially look forward to enjoying a park that doesn't remind me of the pain my nation and relatives experienced. This imagery united the global indigenous experience and gave many different groupings of Indigenous people platforms to speak from.

Thank you Commissioners Sykes and Cooney for staying committed to this cause and voting yes for the removal of the imagery of subjugated Native to the pioneer.


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