EPA Murals Information
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Murals at the EPA headquarters, Ariel Rios Building, Washington, DC
For several years SAIGE has been engaged in a debate on the suitability of some controversial historical artwork (murals) at EPA Headquarters, in the Ariel Rios building in Washington , D.C. The building is owned by the General Services Administration, (GSA) and leased by the EPA, and is historically protected. American Indian employees of the EPA have complained that the murals perpetuate negative stereotypes of American Indians, and create a hostile work environment for them. EPA employees approached SAIGE for assistance in late 2003.
- SAIGE's recent statement to the GSA about the murals <click here .pdf>.
- GSA Response to our letter <click here .pdf>.
- On March 16th, 2005 GSA publicly announced that they were initiating a 106 Historical Preservation review for the murals .
- In December 2005, as a designated Consulting Party, SAIGE provided the GSA with this position statement regarding the murals.
- You can show your support for SAIGE's position on this issue. GSA is continuing to take comments throughout the Historic Preservation 106 Process.
On October 30, 2006 the GSA held a panel discussion regarding the Murals in question. Here is a written transcript of those proceedings. <click here>
During September 2007 GSA issued a letter regarding their findings for the proceedings. Here is a copy of the letter. <click here>