The Minneapolis Dakota community successfully negotiated the removal of a controversial sculpture at the Walker Art Center. Activists and community members protested artist Sam Durant’s piece “Scaffold” which is fashioned after several historical hanging gallows. The artist said it’s partly based on the structure used to hang 38 Dakota men in Mankato Minnesota in 1862. The Minneapolis Native community said it diminished the history of the Dakota 38. Now the structure will be dismantled and burned. Is the outcome an acceptable model for dealing with insensitive art?
Sam Wounded Knee (Crow Creek Dakota Nation) – Minneapolis resident
Kate Beane (Flandreau Santee Sioux) – Outreach and Program Manager of Native American Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society
Break music: Enaemaekisaeh (song) Wayne Silas Jr (artist) Infinite Passion (album)