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National Apology to Native Americans

December 10th, 2012

On December 19, 2009, the United States government officially apologized to Native Peoples – but didn’t tell anyone.

A diverse group of citizens plans to change this with an historic public reading of the national apology to native Americans in Washington, DC on December 19th. The reading, which will be broadcast via live-stream video, will take place in front of the US Capitol.

Mark Charles, a member of the Navajo Nation, has created a compelling, short video about the apology from the perspective of native peoples (watch the video). What is truly needed, he says, is an opportunity for a new national conversation for reconciliation between Native America and the rest of the country.

The gathering’s intention is to invite the nation’s citizens and leaders, and members of the global community to “join our efforts to communicate as publically, as humbly and as respectfully as possible the contents of H.R. 3326 (and the apology enclosed therein) to the Native American tribes, communities and citizens of the USA.”

For more information about this event and to RSVP, please click here. You can also go to this site to watch a live-stream video of the public reading on December 19.

Thanks to the Sojourners Community for this information. Mark Charles is a member of Emerging Voices, a project of Sojourners.

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