Long a New Mexico icon, Spanish conquistador faces attacks

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Long a New Mexico icon, Spanish conquistador faces attacks

Edwin Quintana, left, dressed as a Spanish conquistador, dances with fifth grader Kaylee Pacheco and other students in 2017 at Tesuque Elementary school in Tesuque, N.M. In recent years, the conquistador and all the effigies connected to it have come under intense criticism from Native American activists who say the image glorifies indigenous genocide and needs to be removed from schools, streets and seals.

Long a New Mexico icon, Spanish conquistador faces attacks

Edwin Quintana, left, dressed as a Spanish conquistador, dances with fifth grader Kaylee Pacheco and other students in 2017 at Tesuque Elementary school in Tesuque, N.M. In recent years, the conquistador and all the effigies connected to it have come under intense criticism from Native American activists who say the image glorifies indigenous genocide and needs to be removed from schools, streets and seals.
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