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Petitioning Editors of The Indicator, Amherst College

Apologize for Racist Cartoon and Engage in Dialogue

The Indicator (Volume XXXIII, Issue 2, page 19), published a cartoon depicting tipis as a solution to a housing crisis on campus. Whatever the intention behind this drawing, it is offensive to Native peoples and their allies, and reinforces a climate of racism against Natives at Amherst. Dwanna Robertson and Adina Giannelli, students at Amherst, have written a detailed response to the drawing. In their response, they explain how and why it is offensive. They ask for an apology, and extend an invitation to dialogue. We the undersigned urge the editors of The Indicator to apologize for the publication of this drawing and to accept the invitation to dialogue.

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