Friday, May 12, 2017

The Freedom of Real Apologies

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The Freedom of Real Apologies

True peace between nations will only happen when there is true peace within people's souls.

- Native American Proverb -

The Freedom of Real Apologies

In 2009, the U.S government quietly released the congressional resolution of "Apology to Native Peoples," hidden inside the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. In response, Layli Long Soldier authored WHEREAS, a book of pioneering poetry, which went on to receive the 2016 Whiting Award. Soldier, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, grew up in Arizona where she now teaches English at Din College of the Navajo people, the first tribally-controlled college in the United States. In an interview for On Being with Krista Tippett, Solider describes her early influences growing up Lakota, and how a heartfelt apology from her father, who was often absent during her childhood, can demonstrate the freedom of a genuine apologies. While the government's apology falls short of what is needed to recognize and reconcile with the native peoples of the United States, perhaps WHEREAS and discussions like those happening with Tippett can bring much needed attention to the issue. { read more }

Be The Change

Write a letter to your representative about the "Apology to Native Peoples" and share your ideas for how the government might better respond. Take some time to learn more about the history of Native Americans in the U.S. and how their struggles have continued and evolved into the present day. If you are able, consider donating time or money to a charity that helps support Native Americans.

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