On September 21 Cody Crutchfield of Monroe, discovered a poignant response to the George Armstrong Custer plaque in St. Mary’s Park. A photograph of a Cheyenne women and child, with the words “The Enemy” written on it, was taped to the plaque commemorating the adjacent Custer statue, entitled “Sighting the Enemy.” The enemy referenced were the peaceful indigenous people, including women and children used by Custer and his soldiers as human shields during battle with tribal warriors.
The Anishinaabek Caucus regards Custer, most widely known as “The Indian Killer,” as a war criminal. The Caucus has endorsed the effort by Good Trouble Monroe to remove the statue of Custer. Monroe City Council initially welcomed the advice of members of Michigan’s federally recognized Native Nations, who attended and participated in city meetings. Monroe City Council has since folded under the pressure from a few opponents, cancelling plans to issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to obtain assistance to define relocation or dismantling of the statue. Monroe City Council decided to continue the Custer fallacy.
“This statue is a symbol of oppression for Indigenous and African American people,” said Julie Dye, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Anishinaabek Caucus Board Member.
Anishinaabek Caucus of MDP is a political caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party advocating for the issues and concerns of the 12 Tribes in Michigan.