Responding to concerns that Sacajawea’s representation in the statue (which involved a “Miss Informed” beauty contest), crouched beneath the two men, inaccurately portrayed her importance to the expedition, the City commissioned the plaque, and invited two of Sacajawea’s descendants to author the text. The city also invited several of Sacajawea’s descendants from Idaho to today’s ceremony.
“We object to the sexist and inaccurate representation,” says Miss Informed (Kelly Silliman). “She’d never cower.”
Miss Representation (Jen Hoyt-Tidwell) has spoken before City Council, and the pair want due respect for and a proper accounting of the woman who, despite toting a newborn baby, assisted the L&C expedition to the Pacific.
The ceremony was for a plaque added to the statue, not the statue itself. Here's the history of the statue:
Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea Statue
The statue represents not only the first public depiction of the famous Corps of Discovery in Charlottesville, but expresses the popular sentiments of the day towards the general themes of exploration, national purpose and conquest of the wilderness of North America.
Instead of this, how about showing Sacagawea standing before the men and pointing the way? That is what she did, isn't it? This statue makes her look like a servant, slave, or concubine, not a guide.
At least Natives got to share their perspective via the plaque. I suggested something like that for the Massasoit statue, too. It wouldn't hurt if every statue of an Indian had an explanatory Native plaque added to it.
For more on the subject, see New Sacagawea Dollar Released and Visitor Center Has 5 Native Statues.