Kamala Harris says US 'must not shy away' from 'shameful past' of Columbus Day

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Vice President Kamala Harris has said that the US "must not shy away" from the "shameful past" of how the first European explorers "ushered in a wave of devastation fo…
Vice President Kamala Harris has said that the US "must not shy away" from the "shameful past" of how the first European explorers "ushered in a wave of devastation for tribal nations."

Harris made the comments Tuesday to the National Congress of American Indians, saying it was "an honor" to address them "as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day," the newly recognized name for Columbus Day.

"Since 1934, every October the United States has recognized the voyage of the European explorers who first landed on the shores of the Americans," she said.

"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," she said.

"We must not shy away from this shameful past, and we must shed light on it and do everything we can to address the impact of the past on native communities today," she…
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