Protest calls for removal of 'Pioneers' statue

Indian activists are planning a protest on Monday against a statue in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that they says depicts Native Americans unfairly.

The "Fountain of the Pioneers" in Bronson Park features a Native figure in headdress and a white settler. The Native figure -- said to be of a Potawatomi chief -- does not stand on the same level as the white settler. The settler appears to be holding some sort of club above the Native figure [Second Picture].

A closed meeting was held yesterday to discuss the statue. Everyone agreed that the "status quo" is not acceptable, attendees told The Kalamazoo Gazette.

The statue was carved by Alfonso Iannelli, an Italian immigrant, in 1940.

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