Your piece of March 23 by Jillian Keenan on removing Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill was long overdue (“Commentary: Andrew Jackson isn’t worth the paper he’s printed on”).

The forced relocation of Indian tribes, known as the Trail of Tears, was a horrific episode of genocide that was perpetrated by this country. To honor the man most responsible for this act with a portrait on our currency is reprehensible. The long-term effects of this expulsion, as well as all the other acts of degradation and horror inflicted on the native peoples of this country, haunt us and them to this day.

I would love to see a push to have the face of Andrew Jackson removed and maybe have it replaced with the face of Chief Joseph or Black Elk, both of whom are much more deserving of the honor.

Gail MacPhee



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