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City council won't make apology to Native people

A resolution to apologize to Native people for "whatever transgressions were made" by the city of Massillonian, Ohio, was rejected by the city council on Tuesday.

Resident Jim Walker proposed the apology to honor the bicentennial signing of the Fort Industry Treaty. He said the treaty allowed the city of Massillonian to exist.

"Be it therefore resolved that this city expresses its fullest gratitude to all those First Nations peoples and its sincerest regret for whatever transgressions were made thereupon during the early years of its establishment," the proposed resolution stated.

But no council member agreed to bring the resolution up for debate. Walker said he would consider other avenues to apologize to Native peoples.

Get the Story:
Council rejects proposal to honor Native Americans (The Massillon Independent 6/3)

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