Controversial Paintings in Minnesota Capitol to be Moved

Panel overseeing renovation of the Capitol is moving to relocated two paintings

A panel overseeing renovation of the Minnesota State Capitol building is moving to relocated two controversial paintings with depictions of Native Americans that some have deemed offensive.

MPR reports the the paintings, “Father Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony” and “The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux,” have been criticized for inaccurately portraying historical events.

They’ve been displayed in the governor’s reception room, but a panel of the Capitol Preservation Committee reviewing the art at the Capitol released a report Monday suggesting that they should be moved.

The panel has recommended relocating the paintings to another spot within the Capitol, but doesn’t suggest any new locations, and there are not any recommendations for replacement art.

The panel write in the report that it consulted with tribal leaders on the matter as part of its research.

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