US Apology to Natives

The Invitation (Archived from 2012)

Join the Conversation for Reconciliation:
December 19, 2012

Page 45 of the 2010 Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 3326) contains an apology to Native Americans on behalf of the citizens of the Unites States.  This apology is buried in a 67 page bill that has never been clearly communicated or shared with the nearly 5 million Native American citizens of this country.  

Our mission is to invite our nation’s citizens and leaders, as well as members of the global community, to gather at the US Capitol on December 19, 2012 and 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 United States of America.

It is our hope that this event will establish safe and honest common ground where a national conversation for reconciliation between our country and Native America can begin.

Mark Charles
Lori Tapahonso
Steve Prince
Kate Osterloh

The Apology

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.

Internet News


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December 19, 2012

Indian Country Today


Does a Silent Apology Really Say ‘We’re Sorry’? By Lise Balk King
December 3, 2011

Mark Charles: Starting the conversation for US reconciliation
MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012

Mark Charles: US ‘apology’ to Indian people goes unnoticed

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012


An Apology, an Appropriations Bill, and a Conversation That Never Happened
March 12, 2012

The Event


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