The removal of Kalamazoo's Fountain of the Pioneers from Bronson Park has been one of the hot button issues in Southwest Michigan for many months. Now even the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, has published an article on the topic.

The piece, dated April 26, 2018, discusses the history of the fountain and notes that controversy surrounding the appearance of a white settler domineering over a Native American in full headdress

This, critics point out, glorifies the genocide of indigenous people through American colonialism.

Community members have voiced opposition to the statue for years, Voon reports, and pressure to remove it increased as similar conversations on controversial monuments and memorials have intensified across the country.

Lastly, the article notes that Michigan has the largest population of Native Americans east of the Mississippi River.

Read the full piece from Smithsonian Magazine here.

First Day of the Removal of the Fountain of the Pioneers