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"Take Down the Fort" T-shirt

Beige cotton T-shirt with black line art illustration showing the Fort Snelling Round Tower with an upside-down American flag flying from its staff. A crowd of protestors is gathered around the fort with signs reading "BROWN / UNITY," "DAKOTA / LAND," and "315 YEARS / OF / RESISTANCE." Black text at top reads "TAKE DOWN THE FORT." T-shirt was distributed at Memorial Day Weekend rally (05/29/2010) protesting the opening of Fort Snelling for the summer season.

ID Number: 2010.116.1

Some members of the Dakota community have protested at Historic Fort Snelling and demanded that the fort be torn down and the land returned to the Dakota. Why do you think these individuals believe this?

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