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First Thing: Harris says US must face up to ‘shameful past’ with tribal nations

Promising to speak the truth about America’s past, Kamala Harris told the National Congress of American Indians that the Biden administration would…

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Promising to speak the truth about America’s past, Kamala Harris told the National Congress of American Indians that the Biden administration would not shy away from a history, since the first arrival of European explorers, that she said was “shameful”.

The US vice-president also highlighted an “epidemic” of murders of Native American women and girls, which she said “must end”.

Harris delivered a virtual address the day after a federal holiday originally named for Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who arrived in the Americas in 1492.

The naming of the holiday for Columbus, a slaveholder and trader who brought disease as well as oppression to the Americas, has proven increasingly controversial, criticized on the left and defended on the right and among some Italian heritage groups.

The White House this year issued twin proclamations, greeting both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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