The Associated Press
With leaders of five tribes in attendance, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas has read a congressional resolution apologizing for “ill-conceived policies” and acts of violence against Native Americans by U.S. citizens.
Brownback spoke today during an event at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. A Cherokee tribal spokesman says Brownback and U.S. Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, Lois Capps of California and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii joined representatives from the Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and Pawnee tribes.
All those nations are based in Oklahoma, except for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, based in South Dakota.
Cherokee spokesman Chad Smith told The Associated Press in a phone interview that while most tribes had not necessarily asked for a formal apology from the U.S. government, the gesture was appreciated.