Indian Tribe Dismantles ‘Offensive’ Minnesota Sculpture, May Burn It Too

The Daily Caller | 6/11/2017 | Staff
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The Dakota Nation Indian tribe announced Friday that its elders will soon meet to decide whether to burn the left over wood from the recently-destroyed “Scaffold” Sculpture in Minneapolis.

The Dakotas successfully lobbied for the sculpture’s removal and dismantling from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on June 2 after they argued it was offensive because it resembles the gallows used to hang 38 members of the Dakota tribe in 1862. The wood left over from the destroyed sculpture was set to be burned in a tribal ceremony at Fort Snelling, but the ceremony was cancelled. The Elders’ Friday announcement said they will decide on June 25 whether to burn the wood, the Star Tribune reports.

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“When you make art, it has to be positive and negative, not just negative,” said Sioux Elder Sheldon Wolfchild told the Star Tribune. “And for all of us to heal, in this state, in this country, we need to understand that we have to look at each other as common human beings from the heart.”

The sculpture was based on seven...
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