By Carol Berry
Instead, Coyhis noted, the president issued an “Apology to Native Peoples of the United States” last December that was buried in the Defense Appropriations Act and was “never properly presented to Native Americans and to the American people.”
The apology said, in part, that the U.S. through Congress, “recognizes that there have been years of official depredations, ill-conceived policies, and the breaking of covenants by the federal government regarding Indian tribes.”
Currently, a key purpose of White Bison’s new Boarding School Apology Initiative is to encourage Obama to present the apology of the Appropriations Act “to a Native organization–for example, the National Congress of American Indians–visibly and with adequate media coverage so that all people will know that the government has apologized,” Coyhis said.
For more on the subject, see Presbyterian Churches to Apologize to Indians and Brownback Reads US Apology.