Friday, June 13, 2008

Correction: Two states (not one) have apologized to Native people

In my earlier blog on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's apology to Canada's First Peoples, I wrote that "one state" in the U.S. had also apologized to Native People. A commenter on the Common Dream posting of this blog points out that another state legislature also apologized. Virginia's House and Senate, in March of 2007 adopted a resolution of regret to both Native Americans and African Americans. 
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby acknowledge with profound regret the involuntary servitude of Africans and the exploitation of Native Americans, and call for reconciliation among all Virginians; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the settlement at Jamestown, the General Assembly call upon the people of the Commonwealth to express acknowledgment and thanksgiving for the contributions of Native Americans and African Americans to the Commonwealth and this nation, and to the propagation of the ideals of liberty, justice, and democracy
Other states have considered such apologies, but so far as I know, only Colorado and Virginia have actually adopted resolutions apologizing for the treatment of Native peoples. 

Please correct me if I missed any others!

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