There are a few days left to participate in this effort by the UW-L Student Association to campaign for removal of the Hiawatha (colloquially known as “Big Indian”) Statue in Riverside Park:
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Call to Action: Campaign for Removal of the Hiawatha Statue in Riverside Park
UW-L Student Association is coordinating an effort to show Mayor Kabat that he has enough support for the removal of the Hiawatha Statue. He has previously expressed openness to the idea. We think that this is our best chance at that we want it gone.
We’re asking you to write a personalized letter to Mayor Kabat requesting for the removal of the Hiawatha Statue. You can personalize the letter however you want, depending on how the statue affects your field of study, your identity, or the identities of those you care about.
Please try to have your letter finished by the end of May. When finished with the letter, email it to Bhatoya.email@example.com, or print it off and drop it off at the COVE front desk (2200 Student Union) and mention that it’s for Student Association.
Thank you for your efforts,
Inclusivity Director | UW-L Student Association
Note: La Crosse Area SURJ Leadership has confirmed with representatives of the Ho-Chunk nation that the students consulted them before starting this campaign and were given their blessing to proceed. That said, no marginalized group is a monolith, and as such, this may not necessarily represent the opinions of all members of the Ho-Chunk nation.
CLICK HERE for a Ho-Chunk Perspective on the impact and history of the Hiawatha Statue.