On Sunday night, protesters in downtown Portland knocked down two statues of former U.S. presidents and damaged several businesses including the Oregon Historical Society. The protesters were participating in an event called “Indigenous People’s Day of Rage.” Some local Indigenous leaders have condemned the violence and characterized it as counterproductive. We reflect on the targets of Sunday’s property damage and its aftermath with David Harrelson, cultural resources department manager for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and Rep. Tawna Sanchez, D-North and Northeast Portland, the second Native American elected to the Oregon Legislature.
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