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Old 05-14-2004, 12:28 PM   #1
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Historic Resolution Of Apology To Native Peoples

HISTORIC RESOLUTION OF APOLOGY TO NATIVE PEOPLES
INTRODUCED IN U.S. CONGRESS, May 6, 2004


An historic Resolution of Apology to the Native American peoples was introduced in the U.S. Congress by Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS), Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) and Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) on the evening of the May 6, 2004, National Day of Prayer.

You can prayerfully "track" the progress of this Joint Resolution by visiting the Library of Congress website and typing in the Bill Number, S.J. Res. 37.



JOINT RESOLUTION (S.J. Res. 37)

To acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian Tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States.

Whereas, the ancestors of today's Native Peoples inhabited the land of the present-day United States since time immemorial and for thousands of years before the arrival of peoples of European descent;

Whereas, the Native Peoples have for millennia honored, protected, and stewarded this land we cherish;

Whereas, the Native Peoples are spiritual peoples with a deep and abiding belief in the Creator, and for millennia their peoples have maintained a powerful spiritual connection to this land, as is evidenced by their customs and legends;

Whereas, the arrival of Europeans in North America opened a new chapter in the histories of the Native Peoples;

Whereas, while establishment of permanent European settlements in North America did stir conflict with nearby Indian Tribes, peaceful and mutually beneficial interactions also took place;

Whereas, the foundational English settlements in Jamestown, Virginia, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, owed their survival in large measure to the compassion and aid of the Native Peoples in their vicinities;

Whereas, in the infancy of the United States, the founders of the Republic expressed their desire for a just relationship with the Indian Tribes, as evidenced by the Northwest Ordinance enacted by Congress in 1787, which begins with the phrase, ``The utmost good faith shall always be observed toward the Indians'';

Whereas, Indian Tribes provided great assistance to the fledgling Republic as it strengthened and grew, including invaluable help to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their epic journey from St. Louis, Missouri, to the Pacific Coast;

Whereas, Native Peoples and non-Native settlers engaged in numerous armed conflicts;

Whereas, the United States Government violated many of the treaties ratified by Congress and other diplomatic agreements with Indian Tribes;

Whereas, this Nation should address the broken treaties and many of the more ill-conceived Federal policies that followed, such as extermination, termination, forced removal and relocation, the outlawing of traditional religions, and the destruction of sacred places;

Whereas, the United States forced Indian Tribes and their citizens to move away from their traditional homelands and onto federally established and controlled reservations, in accordance with such Acts as the Indian Removal Act of 1830;

Whereas, many Native Peoples suffered and perished--

(1) during the execution of the official United States Government policy of forced removal, including the infamous Trail of Tears and Long Walk;
(2) during bloody armed confrontations and massacres, such as the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 and the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890; and
(3) on numerous Indian reservations;

Whereas, the United States Government condemned the traditions, beliefs, and customs of the Native Peoples and endeavored to assimilate them by such policies as the redistribution of land under the General Allotment Act of 1887 and the forcible removal of Native children from their families to faraway boarding schools where their Native practices and languages were degraded and forbidden;

Whereas, officials of the United States Government and private United States citizens harmed Native Peoples by the unlawful acquisition of recognized Tribal land, the theft of resources from such territories, and the mismanagement of Tribal trust funds;

Whereas, the policies of the United States Government toward Indian Tribes and the breaking of covenants with Indian Tribes have contributed to the severe social ills and economic troubles in many Native communities today;

Whereas, despite continuing maltreatment of Native Peoples by the United States, the Native Peoples have remained committed to the protection of this great land, as evidenced by the fact that, on a per capita basis, more Native people have served in the United States Armed Forces and placed themselves in harm's way in defense of the United States in every major military conflict than any other ethnic group;

Whereas, Indian Tribes have actively influenced the public life of the United States by continued cooperation with Congress and the Department of the Interior, through the involvement of Native individuals in official United States Government positions, and by leadership of their own sovereign Indian Tribes;

Whereas, Indian Tribes are resilient and determined to preserve, develop, and transmit to future generations their unique cultural identities;

Whereas, the National Museum of the American Indian was established within the Smithsonian Institution as a living memorial to the Native Peoples and their traditions; and

Whereas, Native Peoples are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND APOLOGY.
The United States, acting through Congress--

(1) recognizes the special legal and political relationship the Indian Tribes have with the United States and the solemn covenant with the land we share;

(2) commends and honors the Native Peoples for the thousands of years that they have stewarded and protected this land;

(3) acknowledges years of official depredations, ill-conceived policies, and the breaking of covenants by the United States 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 offenses 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 offenses of the United States against Indian Tribes in the history of the United States in order to bring healing to this land by providing a proper foundation for reconciliation between the United States and Indian Tribes; 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.
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Resolution of apology, what a bunch of crap!

I've always been told, and I tell my kids, a REAL SINCERE HONEST apology means you're REALLY sorry for what happened, and you'll do whatever it takes to ensure that it'll never happen again.

I don't see THAT happening. Tribal rights erode further with every SCOTUS ruling. Unless these congresscritters are willing to stand up and sign legislation that says they need to abide by the treaties they signed WITHOUT EXCEPTION (Treaty of Ft Laramie, Black Hills treaty, Whaling treaties, hunting/fishing rights, gaming rights, absolute tribal sovreignty, etc, etc, etc) it's all just a bunch of mealy-mouthed double-speak.

I don't want any apology. I just want (and our people deserve) the existing native treaties to be honored. I know if there was any thought they wouldn't be honored at the time they were signed, we'd all either now be dead, or we'd be living in a land free of outside intervention. As it is, we got the worst of both outcomes...

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Resolution of apology, what a bunch of crap! ....

I don't want any apology. I just want (and our people deserve) the existing native treaties to be honored. I know if there was any thought they wouldn't be honored at the time they were signed, we'd all either now be dead, or we'd be living in a land free of outside intervention. As it is, we got the worst of both outcomes...
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I agree about the history dealing Indian people getting "the worst of both outcomes..."

In reality I feel that this apology is a start. It will make many law makers aware of the feelings and atrocities afflicted on Indian people by the US government. We have not forgotten, but many law makers have not been taught American History from our point of view.

At this point in time, many law makers are too busy with other issues currently facing our nation. Not that they are more important, because they're not.

I for one applaude the three senators for inacting this apology. If anything, it brings awareness that Indian people still face problems and live daily lives with a history that is not yet accountable.

No, I don't think it is possible to change history or have the Federal Government honor all the treaties that have been promised and broken.

Unfortunately . . .

what IS possible (but not likely in our lifetime) is for Congress to enact their plenary power to erase tribal sovereignty status and federal recognition of ALL tribes within the borders of the boundaries of the United States.

Kinda' scary the power Congress has isn't it?
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NCAI cool to apology

Posted: July 02, 2004 - 8:41am EST
by: Jim Adams / Associate Editor / Indian Country Today

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Before accepting a Congressional resolution apologizing for past government misdeeds toward Indians, delegates at the National Congress of American Indians mid-year session had one question: Would it include a future apology for the bad things the government was doing right now?

In an angry floor speech, Barry Dana, chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation in Maine, reported that his island reservation was the victim of a questionable Environmental Protection Agency decision weakening clean water controls on the river named for his tribe. "We want to go forward with a partnership," he said, "but itís extremely difficult when the tribes are the only party living up to the treaty."

"An apology is just words on paper," he said.

Halfway through Dana apologized for his emotion. "Iím venting here," he said. But he had a highly sympathetic audience, both from NCAI officers on the dais overlooking the huge ballroom of the Mohegan Sun Convention Center and from other tribal delegates at the four-day NCAI meeting.

NCAI Treasurer Ron Allen, chairman of the Jamestown SíKlallam Tribe in Washington state, called the Congressional action "the right first step." But he added, "We have a long way to go. Indian people are still being left behind in this country. On this, the 80th anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act, one would think things would be better."

He said the senators sponsoring the resolution "are good people, and valued friends of the tribes. But no one should think that these apologies to the tribes will, in any way, wipe the slate clean."

Apology bills in both the Senate and House of Representatives are intended to "acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States government regarding Indian tribes, and offer an apology to all Native Peoples." The Senate version, S.J.RES.37, is sponsored by U.S. Sens. Sam Brownback, R.-Kan, Daniel K. Inouye, D.-Hawaii and Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R.-Colo.

But tribal leaders called for a full accounting of the abuses in the relations between Indian and non-Indian governments.

"Putting forth an apology while doing nothing to solve these problems is just not adequate," said Edward K. Thomas, NCAI regional vice-president for Alaska and chairman of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida tribes.

Jefferson Keel, NCAI regional vice president for eastern Oklahoma and Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, said that an apology would be hollow until monetary repatriations are addressed.

For just a short list of on-going violations, delegates mentioned intrusions on tribal sovereignty, under-funding of treaty-mandated Indian programs and the evasion of responsibility for fixing the trust management system.

In the end, the session did not adopt a resolution on the Congressional Apology Resolution.
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I've always been told, and I tell my kids, a REAL SINCERE HONEST apology means you're REALLY sorry for what happened, and you'll do whatever it takes to ensure that it'll never happen again.
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I was brought up with the same idea and to this day teach my children the same philosophy. an apology means that you are truly in regret of your actions and that you will make ammends to those you have wronged and never do it again.
Those words are very true to me and i respect that there are still alot of us out there that believe the same.

Although it is a good attempt at apologizing we have the right to be cautious of such words because we have heard them before. It is our right to want action because we are tired of words , we have seen the people come and go claiming to represent our cause but very little has been done to acknowledge the Native people and thier contributions to North America. Very few Natives are in Government But the ones that are have been able to make changes and stop certain actions from happening. If it werent for Ellijah Harper Canada would be a split country. So it shows us that we have the opprotunity now to be in those positions to stand up and speak for what we believe.
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Myself being a transplanted Kansasan. I have some knowledge of Senator Brownback.As a member of the legislature . I believe myself that what he activily proposed and carried out, should be a form of healing for all Native American people. Although for sure it is not enough to compensate for the abuse that they were required to go through. Also they did retaliate in sort of a kind, when they could or would not take any more mistreatment. So this thinking must also be factored in. But on the all, I think the resolution is appropriate. I not being Native American, but have did considerable reading, type study of the situations as regards many examples. Which I interpreted in my own way. As to being downright degradeing and harmful this for the Native Americans. Although from the reading I've did. It is remarkable, more didn't perish in some situations, they encountered. I think the powers of Our God. As I share my God W/ their God. He in most cases had a concern for these Native Americans for His reasons. All of us are subordinate to God. No matter the situations. We must remember that everything is of God. Not us.IMO GES
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I agree about the history dealing Indian people getting "the worst of both outcomes..."

In reality I feel that this apology is a start. It will make many law makers aware of the feelings and atrocities afflicted on Indian people by the US government. We have not forgotten, but many law makers have not been taught American History from our point of view.

At this point in time, many law makers are too busy with other issues currently facing our nation. Not that they are more important, because they're not.

I for one applaude the three senators for inacting this apology. If anything, it brings awareness that Indian people still face problems and live daily lives with a history that is not yet accountable.

No, I don't think it is possible to change history or have the Federal Government honor all the treaties that have been promised and broken.

Unfortunately . . .

what IS possible (but not likely in our lifetime) is for Congress to enact their plenary power to erase tribal sovereignty status and federal recognition of ALL tribes within the borders of the boundaries of the United States.

Kinda' scary the power Congress has isn't it?


we as native people have already faced the sovereignty status of our people being taken away by the U.S government (thats what reservations were originally for),
then re-enforced and then taken away again then reinforced(see the patern here).

but it didnt work, because the tribes already governed themselves and looked to each other and continued to function as tribes...........no matter what any outside entity attempted to do. we simply are who we are.
infact, through disease and massacre and whatever else the colonists threw at us, we continued to function as tribes, with councils and cheifs...etc.

whether or not some outside entity says that we are Native American we are Native American just like nobody else can tell another race what they are.
where ever you are from (and as long as you live in the americas) there are tribes that are fighting right now for their sovereign rights.
so that is noooooooooo scare to native people. it is happening even as we write here. but our people continue the fight.

thats my opinion.

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I keep remembering an old Persian fable I read somewhere:

Two birds were sitting on a tree in the forest, when a man came into the woods. The man was shooting birds, and while he did so tears were streaming down his face.

The first bird said, "The poor man, I wonder why there are tears pouring from his eyes."
The second bird said, "Never mind his eyes. Watch his hands."
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I keep remembering an old Persian fable I read somewhere:

Two birds were sitting on a tree in the forest, when a man came into the woods. The man was shooting birds, and while he did so tears were streaming down his face.

The first bird said, "The poor man, I wonder why there are tears pouring from his eyes."
The second bird said, "Never mind his eyes. Watch his hands."

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An ndn drafted this but the spoken words will come from white mouths. Haven't we figured out by now that when white men speaks these words, they are lying? Therfore, an apology from them is absolutely useless without action on their part.
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It is my understanding that this is being voted on tomorrow - contact your Senators! http://www.senate.gov/general/contac...nators_cfm.cfm and notify them to support this bill!
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Talking ethnocentric

I beleive I will side with the Indian women and accept no apology because this is our land!
There was never any borders in my mind and there is no such thing as an American Indian or Canadian Indian!
I an an extremist and I will die talking my language and holding a Pipe of Peace and Truth!
I have spoken once again.
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Senate panel considers apology to American Indians




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May. 25, 2005 - A U.S. senator on Wednesday urged a Senate committee to pass a resolution apologizing on behalf of the United States to American Indians for centuries of massacres, broken promises and other injustices.

Indian leaders at the hearing said they would need more than an apology to overcome the poverty, substance abuse and health care problems that many of their people face.

The United States has never formally apologized for its treatment of the indigenous people who were living here before European settlement began.

Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican who is spearheading the apology resolution, told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs it would be a first step toward healing deep wounds.

"Before reconciliation, there must be recognition and repentance," he said. "It begins the effort of reconciliation by recognizing past wrongs and repenting for them."

Brownback introduced a similar resolution in the last Congress. It was voted out of the committee but the full Senate never acted on it.

The closest the United States has come to a formal apology to Indians came in 2000 when an assistant secretary for Indian affairs apologized for the past conduct of his agency. He said policies of successive U.S. governments had "set out to destroy all things Indian" and left a "legacy of misdeeds that haunts us today."

Brownback's resolution says the United States must acknowledge "the broken treaties and many of the more ill-conceived federal policies that followed, such as extermination, termination, forced removal and relocation, the outlawing of traditional religions, and the destruction of sacred places."

The resolution apologizes on behalf of the people of the United States to all American Indians "for the many instances of violence, maltreatment, and neglect inflicted on native peoples by citizens of the United States." It also asks forgiveness for massacres such as the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado, where as many as 200 Indians were killed, and the Wounded Knee Massacre in South Dakota, where about 350 Indians died in 1890.

Indian leaders at the hearing said much more than an apology was needed to help deal with the many problems their communities are facing, including poverty, ill health and poor health care, alcoholism, drug addiction and unemployment.

"The president has proposed drastic budget cuts to many of the programs that are vital to the health and well-being of our people," said Tex Hall, president of the National Congress of American Indians.

Edward Thomas, president of the central council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian tribes of Alaska, said it was clear that some in the U.S. government were sorry about the treatment of Indians while others were not.

"An apology to us while ignoring the Third World conditions of so many of our people just doesn't seem genuine," he said.




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while an apology is a start, they have not truly demonstrated to me that they are sorry for what they have done. they still but their noses into tribal affairs and always make it a point of getting "their piece of the pie". the harm that they have caused is long term and permanent. an apology is all we will get and at least they said sorry than nothing at all.
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I had no idea you needed a piece of paper to apologize, I always thought you had to address the person.
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okay I give up..................again.
your apology is accepted..........where is the cash?
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Your giving an apology?? Oh that's great!!! Apology accepted!! All is forgiven!

Now......... give the people good health care. Give the people running water. Give the people better housing. Give the people heat. Give the people the means that will support getting rid of corrupt tribal governments. Give the people adequate alcohol and drug rehabs. Give the people not only education period... but better education an vocations. Give the people libraries and not only that but ones that have computers. Give the youth recreation centers to go to so they can be off the streets. Give the youth programs such as mentoring that will put them in touch with their people of their community and bring a pride in that. Give them encouragement them to get in touch with their traditional and spiritual roots and embrace them. Give them some public transportation so there can be access to not only jobs period but better jobs. Give the people ......... HEY WAIT......... WHERE ARE YOU GOING????? COME BACK!!!! DON'T TURN YOU BACK AWAY AGAIN.......... COME BACK!!!

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