Missouri school moves contentious statue of Native Americans

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — A controversial statue has been relocated by Saint Louis University after complaints from faculty and students that it symbolizes white supremacy.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1BqrhvV) reports the sculpture named “Where the Rivers Meet” has been moved from outside a residence hall to inside the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. The sculpture depicts Jesuit missionary Pierre-Jean De Smet on an elevated platform above two Native Americans while holding a cross above his head.
SLU spokesman Clayton Berry said the statue, which was created in the 1800s, will now be a part of the museum’s “Collection of the Western Jesuit Missions.”
Last month, the school’s student-run newspaper published an op-ed stating the statue seems to say to Native Americans that they are not welcome unless they submit to a culture and religion.