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CAIR Supports Renaming Natural Landmarks That Honor Confederate President in Montana

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/11/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today supported a petition by a number of civil rights groups, conservation organizations and tribal confederations to rename several natural landmarks that were named in honor of the president of the Confederacy.

Montana’s Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes joined in the petition to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to reject the titles of several natural landmarks named in honor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

SEE: Petition calls for Montana landmarks to ditch Confederate namesake

https://news.yahoo.com/petition-calls-montana-landmarks-ditch-021600568.html

Historic push underway to remove Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ name from Montana landmarks

https://www.wilderness.org/articles/blog/historic-push-underway-remove-confederate-president-jefferson-davis-name-montana-landmarks#

“Landmarks valued by a diverse population should not bear the name of a traitor to our nation who fought to defend systemic anti-Black racism, slavery and white supremacy,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. 

Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Asian hate, anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.    

SEE: CAIR-Kentucky Condemns Racist KKK Threat Placed in Middle School Child’s Backpack

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.  

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com    

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