Vice President Harris slams 'shameful past' of Columbus Day

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"Those explorers ushered in a wave of devastation for Tribal nations — perpetrating violence, stealing land, and spreading disease."
Vice President Harris said on Tuesday that the U.S. "must not shy away from this shameful past," and must "shed light" on the explorers who "ushered in a wave of devastation" on Indigenous peoples.

Harris made her comments to the National Congress of American Indians, a day after the U.S. celebrated the recently rechristened Indigenous Peoples Day.

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

Harris spoke of the "persistent inequity" that has plagued Native Americans, adding that the coronavirus pandemic has…
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