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CAIR Applauds Virginia City Council’s Decision to Remove Statue Offensive to Native Americans

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/18/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the passage of a resolution by the city council in Charlottesville, Va., to remove a statue offensive to Native Americans from the city.

The statue depicts explorers Lewis and Clark standing while Sacagawea cowers behind them. At a city council meeting last week, representatives of the Native American community advocated for the statue’s removal and proposed it be reconstructed with the three figures on equal footing.

SEE: City Council passes resolution for the removal of Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea statue

“The Charlottesville City Council made the right decision to remove this physical manifestation of the white supremacy and systemic discrimination that Native Americans have endured,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We are still a long way from atoning for the horrific injustices committed against indigenous people in America, but we hope that this action will inspire cities across the country to follow Charlottesville’s example and remove offensive statues and images like this one and further reflect on their relationship with local Native American and other minority communities.” 

McCaw noted that the statue itself sits on a road constructed on top of an old Monacan Indian trail and emphasized the importance of recognizing the historic and continuing contributions of Native Americans to the United States.

In the past, CAIR has called for the removal of Confederate statues and symbols nationwide.

SEE: CAIR Renews Call to Remove Confederate Symbols Nationwide on 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville White Supremacist Terror Attack

CAIR Backs Call to Remove Confederate General’s Statue in D.C.

Earlier this year, CAIR condemned President Donald Trump’s ”˜full-on racist’ tweet about a massacre of Native Americans by U.S. soldiers. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s ”˜Full-On Racist’ Tweet About Massacre of Native Americans

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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