Kamala Harris has vowed to address the ‘shameful past’ of America’s European explorers, saying they ‘ushered in a wave of devastation’ for Native Americans when they arrived 500 years ago.
The vice president was speaking at the National Congress of American Indians 78th Annual Convention, held this year in Portland, Oregon.
She spoke the day after Columbus Day – which has also been formally recognized for the first time this year as ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ by President Joe Biden .
Harris told the delegates: ‘Since 1934, every October, the United States has recognized the voyage of the European explorers who first landed on the shores of the Americas.
‘But that is not the whole story. That has never been the whole story.
‘Those explorers ushered in a wave of devastation for Tribal nations — perpetrating violence, stealing land, and spreading disease.’
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Source: Daily Mail