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Painting in New Hampshire post office causes controversy

A painting of Native Americans in the post office in Durham, New Hampshire is causing controversy. (WGME)

DURHAM, NH (WGME) -- A painting of Native Americans in the post office in Durham, New Hampshire is causing controversy.

Town officials say they've been receiving complaints about the painting for the past 10 or 15 years. The problem is, the town can’t do much about it.

The painting is titled "Cruel Adversity," and depicts a Native American posing with a torch looking out at a settler’s house in the distance.

It’s one of many hanging in their post office, and they've been there since the 1950s.

The New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs has complained that it’s offensive, and wrote to the U.S. Postal Service to ask that it be covered up.

The postal service says covering it up or taking it down is against their policy.

Durham town officials say they can’t do much about it because it’s in a federal building, but they're trying to help.

The U.S. Postal Service has drafted text to hang next to the mural to better put it in context.

Town officials say they're happy with it, but say the Native American commission is not, and still wants the painting taken down.

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