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Letter: People opposing formal apology in denial

"It utterly amazes me that people opposing an apology to Native Americans apparently have not come to terms with the fact that the U.S. government pursued explicit policies to exploit, enslave and exterminate Native Americans. There is no debate on this subject - it is outlined in various legislation that anyone can read in a library that contains government documents.

Even today, almost one-quarter of Native Americans are below the poverty line, and unemployment on some reservations surpasses 80 percent. Still, Native Americans are only asking for the government to say "I'm sorry." No money, no memorials, no parades; just a simple written apology passed by Congress and signed by President Bush."

Get the Story:
Alex Pickett: Apology Isn't Too Much To Ask (The Hartford Courant 6/18)

Relevant Documents:
Text of Apology Resolution [As Introduced] | Sen. Brownback Statement on Resolution | Link to S.J.RES.37

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