News Release

Anishinaabek Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party

Advocacy groups Good Trouble Monroe and the Anishinaabek Caucus of the Democratic Party are hosting a peaceful rally, Custer Falls Again, on June 25, 2021 to protest the George Armstrong Custer statue in Monroe, Michigan.

On May 21, 2021, Julie Dye, a Pokagon Elder, asked the United Tribes of Michigan to support the endeavor to remove the George Armstrong Custer from Monroe, Michigan. The UTM unanimously voted to support the removal of the George Armstrong Custer monument. 

The Custer Falls Again rally is a family event. There will be Indigenous performances and music, Indigenous food, notable speakers and the chance to meet local celebrities and officials running for office.

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We have been imploring the Monroe City Council to remove the Custer statue for over a year. We've held ten rallies, garnered a petition with over 14,000 names, attended numerous city council meetings with testimonials and have received support from fourteen organizations and counting:

  • Anishinaabek Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party
  • Artic Center for Social Justice Leadership (ARCUS)
  • Cass County Michigan Democratic Party
  • Center for Change - A Northern Michigan Advocacy group
  • Coalition of Natives and Allies
  • Concerned Citizens of Monroe County and Allies
  • Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity
  • Idle No More Michigan
  • Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports & Media
  • Monroe County Positive Action Network
  • Native American Student Community Organization Movement (NASCO)
  • Native Justice Coalition
  • United Tribes of Michigan

Media

Two-minute Custer Falls Again invitation clip starring Good Trouble Monroe activist Katybeth Davis and a message from our friends in South Dakota.

Two-minute clip Custer Falls Again invitation starring Dr. Graham Denton, activist and citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapho Tribes of Poncho Oklahoma. 

Anishinaabek Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party logo

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