Return the Monuments to Capitol Square in Tahlequah

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One Hundred and Seven years ago, In 1913, the Cherokee people with the help of the Daughters of the Confederacy, placed two confederate war memorials in the Historic Cherokee Capitol Square in downtown Tahlequah. The war memorials recognized Cherokee General Stand Watie and another to the soldiers that fought and perished in battle. The Watie monuments is a stone water fountain.
It was clearly the intent of the erectors that the memorials only recognize lost soldiers and the possibility that an Indian could ever be considered obtaining the rank of general in a white mans world.  The memorials do not contain any racially objective, pro slavery, pro confederacy, northern aggression, lost cause, or anything that promotes racial bias upon another. Only memorials honoring men. 
It’s important to note that even though a minority of Cherokee owned slaves, the Cherokees sided with the Confederacy like most every Indian nation in Indian Territory. Their hope was to be given a sovereign Indian state that was promised to them after the war.
On June 13, 2020, Chuck Hoskins Jr., the Chief of the Cherokee Nation, promptly removed these war memorials without considering or understanding that they were erected by the Cherokee people and the historic connection they have to the Cherokee people. The Cherokee people were not allowed to object or vote on the removal of these Memorials. 
There has been discussion of relocating the monuments but that would not cure the damage to the history of the Cherokee people. Only seven years before the first monument was placed, the Cherokee Nation had been dissolved by the US and no longer existed. The Cherokee people themselves were permitted to place these memorials on now state owned land that seven years earlier was the former Cherokee Capitol Building.
The Cherokee ancestors placed these memorials in specific places on the Square and should be returned to the exact spots they previously stood. The Capitol now contains many more historical markers and is a museum owned by the Cherokee Nation.