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New York’s Gov. Hochul turns sights to the removal of ‘offensive art’ of Native Americans

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New York Governor Cathy Hochul announced that her state would look at indigenous artwork in the state capitol building and review whether it is offensive to indigenous people.

“All New Yorkers should feel welcomed and respected when they visit the State Capitol,” Hochul wrote in his 180-page 2024 policy book. “Unfortunately, offensive images and unpleasant representations of people in the artwork that adorns the Capitol can deter visitors.”

The Democratic governor said Indigenous people are “often depicted” in artwork with “harmful racial stereotypes.”

“Indigenous peoples, in particular, are often depicted in works of art in ways that reflect harmful racial stereotypes and glorify violence against them,” she wrote. “Such depictions do not reflect the values ​​of New York State.”

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at a press conference in New York City on December 19, 2023, signing a bill establishing the New York State Reparations Study Commission. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at a press conference in New York City on December 19, 2023, signing a bill establishing the New York State Reparations Study Commission. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

in press releaseHochul said “unpleasant images and offensive language” at the state Capitol could “turn visitors away.”

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Hochul said art that is more than 80 years old and representative of Indigenous peoples will be recognized.

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at a press conference in New York City on December 19, 2023, signing a bill establishing the New York State Reparations Study Commission. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Governor Hochul plans to begin a “comprehensive review” of all art depicting Native Americans in the state Capitol, according to the State of the State report.

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“To ensure that all New Yorkers are welcomed to the Capitol, this year Governor Hochul is soliciting participation from representatives from each of the nine Native American nations to ensure inclusive representation of Indigenous artistic expression in the Capitol,” the book said. We are planning to start a review.”

Kathy Hochul's office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment.

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