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H.R. 3326 (111th): Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010
apology to native peoples of the united states
Sec. 8113. (a) Acknowledgment and Apology- The United States, acting through Congress–
(1) recognizes the special legal and political relationship Indian tribes have with the United States and the solemn covenant with the land we share;
(2) commends and honors Native Peoples for the thousands of years that they have stewarded and protected this land;
(3) recognizes that there have been years of official depredations, ill-conceived policies, and the breaking of covenants by the Federal Government regarding Indian tribes;
(4) 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;
(5) 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;
(6) urges the President to acknowledge the wrongs of the United States against Indian tribes in the history of the United States in order to bring healing to this land; and
(7) commends the State governments that have begun reconciliation efforts with recognized Indian tribes located in their boundaries and encourages all State governments similarly to work toward reconciling relationships with Indian tribes within their boundaries.
(b) Disclaimer- Nothing in this section–
(1) authorizes or supports any claim against the United States; or
(2) serves as a settlement of any claim against the United States.

When President Obama was elected to his first term, I wrote a lengthy letter to a friend who would be working in the White House. I encouraged him to encourage the President to begin his term with an apology for elements of American history that no previous president had acknowledged – especially regarding our nation’s treatment of Native Americans. I never heard back from my friend on this. But I just learned from Mark Charles that such an apology was actually made (thanks in large part to the efforts of Republican then-Senator Sam Brownback) … but downplayed and largely hidden. I think it’s time to get this apology out in the open. Learn more here: