Kamala Harris decries nation's 'shameful past' to promote Biden's social welfare package

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Vice President Kamala Harris pitched the administration's massive spending plans to Native American leaders by saying it would help the nation own up for its "shameful past" in which European explorers "ushered in a wave of devastation for Native Americans."
She made the pitch to build support for President Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and $3.5 trillion social welfare plans, which are stalled in Congress.

Speaking remotely to the National Congress of American Indians 78th Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, Ms. Harris said that Columbus Day, recognized by President Biden as "Indigenous Peoples Day," is an occasion to "speak truth about our nation's history."

"The nation for decades had used the holiday to celebrate the explorers. But that is not the whole story. It has never been the whole story," she said.

"Those explorers ushered in a wave of devastation for tribal nations, perpetrating violence, stealing land and spreading disease," Ms. Harris said. "We must not shy away from this…
Kery Murakami
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