The Columbus murals in the Main Building reflect the historical oppression of indigenous communities like the Pokagon Potawatomi. One of the primary ways this oppression manifests itself today is through the exploitation of indigenous lands and peoples by fossil fuel companies. For example, the recent spill in the Keystone XL pipeline exemplifies the threat to native lands and drinking water courtesy of industry profit motives. Unfortunately, Notre Dame remains complicit by continuing to profit from these extractive companies through its endowment investments and disrespect native people by refusing to remove these murals. Fossil Free ND thinks the murals have got to go.
Thank you, Fossil Free ND!