A Chicago Blackhawks statue honoring the Native American leader the NHL team is named after has become the latest target of vandals on Indigenous People’s Day.
The symbol of the team’s namesake, Native American leader Black Hawk, was covered in orange paint and numerous graffiti protest signs outside the hockey team’s stadium early Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times said.
The messages included attacks on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as well as calls to “defund” Chicago police department, photos show.
But the biggest sign across the base of the statue read “land back,” seemingly timed to support Monday’s Indigenous People’s Day, in opposition to the federal holiday of Columbus Day.
Videos of the graffiti first emerged on a newly made Twitter page called @zhigaagoong, a Native American phrase referring to the land around Chicago — and one of the words sprayed around the statue.
The page, calling itself “No racist mascots,” also posted a video showing a sign outside the stadium