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Billboard at 19th and Baltimore causing controversy

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A billboard is getting a lot of attention at 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue.

A local artist posted a picture of a man standing on scaffolding and pointing a rifle at Kansas City's famous statue called The Scout. The actual statue is about 10 feet tall, was created by Cyrus E. Dallin and depicts a Sioux Indian on horseback surveying the landscape.

It overlooks downtown Kansas City.

A number of groups are calling the artwork offensive to Native Americans.

"Well, I don't know what message he's trying to say. I think it has something to do with the statue itself, but the representation I get is to shoot Native Americans," said Jeff Edmondson of Kansas City as he looked at the billboard.

On the artist's website he says the sculpture carries a nostalgic version of the Indian we want to remember rather than the Indian we destroyed.

The art will be on the billboard for at least the next 30 days.

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