The University of Wisconsin at Stout is moving two large murals that depict Native Americans and French traders, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The murals were commissioned in 1936 as part of the Works Progress Administration. Stout officials said that some Native American students were bothered by the murals, which will be moved from a large common area to smaller rooms.
Robert M. Meyer, chancellor at Stout, told WPR, "There’s a segment of Native American students, that when they look at the art, to them it symbolizes an era of their history where land and possessions were taken away from them, and they feel bad when they look at them."
He added that moving the murals was a sound business decision and not censorship, explaining that "we want to make sure that, really, what we decorate our hallways with and what we put in our hallways is consistent with our values to try to attract more Native Americans to the university."
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