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Native American Apology Resolution

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on January 29, 2018 05:24

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The American Indian's civilization was just as good as ours, and in many ways better.

In order to bring healing to the Native Americans, President Obama on December 19, 2009 signed the Native American Apology Resolution. The resolution can be found on page 45 of the Defense Appropriations Act of 2010.

The resolution states in sec. 8113 that the United States "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."

Offenses against Native Americans include: taking young children away from their homes and putting them in special Native American schools, taking away their land, spreading disease, waging wars and breaking treaties.

Early settlers of the west did not understand the Native Americans’ society.  “If their way of life is not like ours, then they must be wild savages,” was the thinking of the time. Native Americans had their own customs and way of living, which we did not accept.

But Native Americans have shown that their civilization was and is just as good as ours, and in some ways, better. Therefore, one way we can start to make amends for past maltreatment of Native Americans is by accepting them as they are, respecting their customs and beliefs, and providing them with the same learning privileges that we have.

We should visit some of their functions, such as the Indian Acorn Festival in Tuolumne County, California, to taste their different kinds of food and watch their tribal dancing.

In my opinion, we should not compensate them, because they mistreated our people, too: raiding parties on western settlers; burning at the stake; stealing children and raising them as their own; burning homes of settlers; and leaving settlers stranded in the desert without food or water.

Today, Native Americans have the same privileges that we have, and should be treated the same way we are treated.

If they have a problem they should use the same method to solve the problem as we do—the court system.

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on January 29, 2018 05:24

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