Red Lake Indian Reservation welcome sign vandalized with racist graffiti

Someone daubed a Swastika and 'Trump 2020' on the sign.
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A road sign welcoming travelers to the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota has been vandalized with racist graffiti.

A picture of the defaced road sign was shared widely on Facebook, showing a black Swastika – a Nazi symbol – and "2020 Trump" scrawled on the sign.

The sign is located on the east side of Lower Red Lake, on the border with the reservation close to the Battle River.

Native News Online reports that Red Lake Nation had been informed of the graffiti on Wednesday morning, but they have little hope of identifying the culprits.

Among those speaking out against the vandalism is Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, who is a citizen of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and who told the news outlet: "Native communities will not be intimidated by these cowardly tactics. We will make our voices heard and ensure our votes are counted."

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It wasn't the only vandalism reported on the reservation this week. The Red Lake Nation Facebook page shared images of graffiti daubed on the side of the Head Start center in Ponemah.

The graffiti wasn't racist in nature, but it is offensive. A member of the public has offered a $50 reward to find out who did it.

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