Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, has introduced a resolution in the House to apologize to Native Americans for the way they have been treated by the U.S. government.
Boren’s resolution is the same as one that has been offered in previous years by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, that apologizes for the “many instances of violence, maltreatment and neglect.”
Boren said, “My congressional district has the third highest concentration of Native Americans in the country. We have a community with deep Native American roots and long standing traditions. Native American tribes are one of the greatest driving forces for economic development across my district and state, and make an immeasurable contribution to the lives of all Oklahomans.
“The U.S. government broke hundreds of treaties it made with Indian nations; these were government-to-government treaties ratified by the U.S. Senate. The impact of many U.S. policies is the source of many of the social and economic disparities that tribes face today. It is time for our nation to face these injustices and reconcile our relations with the Native Americans.
“It’s important that we acknowledge injustices such as forced removal and painful events like the Trail of Tears. While this apology doesn’t recognize the complexity of those wrongs, it’s an important step in moving forward. From my seat on the House Natural Resources Committee, I will work with Chairman Rahall and Senator Sam Brownback to see that it gets the attention it deserves.”