Take Down "The Chief" Racist Caricature Sign of Toh-Atin Gallery in Durango, Colorado

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We are calling on the City of Durango, Mayor Dean Brookie, and Toh-Atin Gallery to do the right thing by removing Toh-Atin Gallery's racist caricature sign, known as "The Chief". In times likes these, there is no excuse for the continued presence of dehumanizing stereotypes (nor was there ever). We demand the sign's removal immediately.


Article (7/9/20): A cartoonish Native American towering over Durango has divided the city. Should “the chief” stay or go?

Article (2017/2020): Between Mascots and Massacres

Godzilla Decolonizes Durango! A Comic by Kayla Shaggy

Godzilla and Kayla Shaggy take on Toh-Atin’s Chief in comic

Article (6/26/20): Durango City Council plans to weigh in on ‘Chief’ sign

Editorial (6/23/20): ‘Chief’ had his day: It’s high time to address this gallery sign – and, we hope, retire it

Letter to the Editor (6/23/20): ‘Chief’ offends a lot of us – take it down

Letter to the Editor (6/25/20): White opinions about sign do not count

Article (6/22/20): Amid calls for removal, ‘Chief’ sign in downtown Durango vandalized

Article (6/18/20): Petition requests chief sign be taken down in Durango

Article (6/18/20): More than 1,400 people call for ‘Chief’ to be taken down

Letter to the Editor (5/30/19): Herald fails to see the history of racism

Letter to the Editor (6/4/19): Reporting on sign was one-sided, uncool

Article (5/26/19): Historic business signs buck a politically correct world

More on the sign's history here.

More info on native stereotypes:

I is for Ignoble: Stereotyping Native Americans (2018) from the Jim Crow Museum of Racism Memorabilia