A controversial San Francisco statue depicting a nearly naked Native American man lying at the feet of a vaquero (or Spanish cowboy) and a priest was removed early Friday morning. The city’s Arts Commission unanimously voted to remove the sculpture in October of last year—deeming it
“disrespectful, misleading, and racist” in a subsequent statement—and on Wednesday the city’s Board of Appeals followed suit, voting unanimously to relocate Early Days
“It was very emotional for me. There are a lot of sins moving away with that statue,” said District Five Supervisor Vallie Brown, who is of Native American heritage.