August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

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Watch live: Peltier sculpture unveiled in San Francisco

By Joe Kakura 

Artist Rigo 23 To Unveil Leonard Peltier Statue in SF, Ceremony to be Livestreamed
Rigo 23's large-scale homage to long-jailed Native American activist Leonard Peltier will be unveiled Friday for a six-month display in San Francisco, after the FBI had the statue kicked out of Washington, D.C.

It's been about two years since San Francisco officially stopped calling it Columbus Day and started calling it Indigenous Peoples' Day, and that particular holiday is coming up this Monday. (There are, of course, still some hard feelings toward Christopher Columbus). But in honor of the upcoming Indigenous Peoples' Day, the San Francisco Art Institute has announced a Friday unveiling of a Leonard Peltier statue by Rigo 23, an homage the long-incarcerated Native American activist who's been jailed up since 1977. Rigo 23, as you may recall, is the Portuguese-born San Francisco muralist known for long-loved public art like One Tree, Cars and Birds, and the early days of Clarion Alley murals.

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