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Dartmouth to shelve racially insensitive murals in storage

September 27, 2018

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College says it will move a set of racially insensitive murals that offended Native American students to an off-campus storage facility.

The four painted scenes — inspired by a college drinking song written in the 1800s — objectify Native Americans and belittle their intellect. They have been kept in a closed room in a campus dining room. The Valley News reports the murals will still be available to faculty members that want to use them for research and teaching off-campus.

Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon said on Wednesday that the murals are “incompatible” with the college’s values. Interim Provost David Kotz says the murals continue to have value as teaching tools, but officials recognize they are deeply insulting to Native Americans.

The murals are expected to be moved this fall.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

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