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Let's Talk Monuments To Conquistadors

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Equestrian Statue of Juan De Oñate, Oñate Monument Center, Alcalde, NM ";

Let's Talk New Mexico 8/24 8a: Many people across the country have their eyes on the fate of confederate monuments but what about the fate of our monuments to Spanish conquistadors? Santa Fe's fiestas and the re-enactment of Diego de Vargas' retaking of the city? The University of New Mexico's official seal? Or equestrian statues and buildings named after the brutal Juan de Oñate? 

Spanish colonization has been glorified here for over 300 years. Are we celebrating Native American genocide? What should happen to these monuments and festivals? Email letstalk@kunm.org, call in live during the show, or tag us on social media #letstalkNM. 


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Elaine Baumgartel was KUNM's News Director from 2013 to 2019. She was local Morning Edition host from 2007 through 2012 and she regularly hosted the station's live news and public affairs show for some years. Elaine originally came on board at KUNM as a volunteer and student employee in 2003.