The "Hiawatha" statue in Riverside Park is a true testimony to our heritage.

As an artist myself and a friend of the Anthony Zimmerhakl family, I know he created this masterpiece as a tribute. To honor our Native Americans of the La Crosse region, he himself was part of that nationality.

As not to single out one tribe, he used a tinge of several tribes to embody the best that came before us.

Let this cultural accomplishment be a lasting legacy to our ancestors of the La Crosse area and Mr. Z.

Steve Kiedrowski, La Crosse