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Native American Apology Resolution Re-introduced

By May 20, 2009

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In 1993, the U.S. government apologized to native Hawaiians for overthrowing the Kingdom of Hawaii, but a similar apology to American Indians, though proposed, has never come to pass. Now Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), has re-introduced the Native American Apology Resolution, offering an "official apology to Native peoples for the poor choices the federal government made in the past."

"I firmly believe that in order to move forward and have a true reconciliation, the federal government needs to formally apologize," said Sen. Brownback in a press release.

In part, Brownback's resolution reads: "The United States, acting through Congress -- apologizes on behalf of the people of the United States to all Native Peoples for the many instances of violence, maltreatment, and neglect inflicted on Native Peoples by citizens of the United States; and expresses its regret for the ramifications of former wrongs and its commitment to build on the positive relationships of the past and present to move toward a brighter future where all the people of this land live reconciled as brothers and sisters, and harmoniously steward and protect this land together."

The resolution, which failed to pass in the previous Congress, does not authorize the settlement of any outstanding claims made against the United States and as Brownback points out, "does not resolve many challenges still facing Native peoples."

The Hawaiian Apology: The Hawaii Apology Resolution of 1993 (Public Law 103-150), "acknowledges that the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii occurred with the active participation of agents and citizens of the United States and further acknowledges that the Native Hawaiian people never directly relinquished to the United States their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people over their national lands, either through the Kingdom of Hawaii or through a plebiscite or referendum."

Also See:
Native Americans Demand Cancellation of 'Redskins' Trademark (2006)
The Native American's Ongoing Fight (Race Relations)

Comments

May 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm
(1) Carol Stewart says:

When ever has an American Indian been President of the USA?
We have Martin Luther Day
We have 4th of July
We have Thanksgiving
We have St. Patricks day
We have Cinco De Mayo
We have Quanza
We have Presidents Day
We have many other holidays
We have all these and many more yet the Native American who has been the most abused and forgotten is overlooked deliberatly and others placed ahead!
Please excuse spelling errors

August 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm
(2) Booger says:

Why apologize. No one alive today is responsible for what happened.

What will an apology achieve? It doesnt come from the hearts of the citizens. It comes from a self-effacing political worm who somehow sees some advantage in hating America.

A true apology would be to encourage society to walk towards Christ and reach out to all people who have or are suffering.

February 5, 2010 at 10:31 am
(3) Gator says:

If it was not for The Red Man The white man would not have made it over.We started the first welfare system here.

Gator

January 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm
(4) nikki says:

Why apologize? Well, because many have been the receivers of good wealth and fortune from the misery and hatred of others. If it weren’t for the Native Americans who helped many whites to understand how to plant and survive off the land and find them safe passage through the lands, they would not have survived. The nerve. Why apologize. Personally, I don’t want any apologies. It doesn’t mean anything. Look at the bill that has Andrew Jackson on it. He has schools named after him. Hell, he was the greatest hater and he worked diligently to annihilate the Native Americans through a systematic campaign. Wow, slaughtering the natural foods, animals that were used in everyday life, he and others took many native American children and sent them to schools where teachers were straight up bigots! Cut their hair off, forbid them to talk in their native tongue, choose a WHITE name and be a “good” Christian, and leave all that “savagery” behind. Stealing the Black Hills that Native Americans still technically own TODAY!!! Nope no apology needed.

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