ON-Lion Letter
"At the University of Wisconsin-Stout, an 80-year-old historic painting of Native Americans canoeing in a river alongside French trappers has been deemed to have a possible 'harmful effect' on students by Chancellor Bob Meyer, who has announced he will have it moved into a conference room where it can only be viewed by appointment," according to an August College Fix article by William Nardi.

"Initially, Meyer announced that the painting, and another historic painting depicting a frontier fort, would be put in storage after UW-Stout’s Diversity Leadership Team complained the images were offensive to Native American students,” Nardi continues.  An outcry followed from First Amendment groups, including the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

"Nevertheless, both paintings will still no longer hang in hallways within Harvey Hall -- the largest academic building on campus.  The fort painting is headed to the university archives, and 'French Trappers on the Red Cedar' will be tucked away into a conference room, according to an Aug. 5 memo from Meyer to the campus."

"While Meyer's solution avoids totally censoring the paintings, the decision to cloister them fails to capitalize on the educational value of the artwork," according to a FIRE statement.

The College Fix features news and commentary about higher education from members of the Student Free Press Association (SFPA), which is supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, as is FIRE.
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