Vice-president Kamala Harris disparaged European explorers who discovered the Americas during a speech on Tuesday at the 78th annual convention of the National Indian Congress of America.
"Since 1934, every October, the United States has recognized the journey of European explorers who first landed on the coasts of the Americas, ”said Harris. "But that 's not the whole story. It never was the whole story.
" These explorers ushered in a wave of devastation for the tribal nations - committing violence, stealing land and spreading disease, "she continued. " We must not run away from this shameful past, and we must bring it to light and do all we can to remedy it. past impact on auto communitieschtones of today. "
Harris also claimed that the president Biden's Build Back Better program will " have a significant impact on the Indian country. "
After citing statistics of missing natives American women and girls who claim Native American suffrage are suppressed, said Harris, "Native Americans are more likely to live in poverty, 'be unemployed and often struggle to get quality health care and affordable housing. "
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"This continuing inequity, this continuing injustice is not fair. And the pandemic only made it worse, "she said.e added.
Harris said Biden's $ 3.5 trillion infrastructure bill would solve many of the problems Native Americans face.
"This project This bill represents the biggest investment in infrastructure in our country. manufactured since before WWII and present, at this time, a significant opportunity to strengthen the Indian country, "she said.
On Monday, Biden became the first president to mark the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day with a presidential proclamation.
"For generations, federal policies have systematically sought to assimilate and displace Indigenous peoples and to eradicate culturess indigenous, "Biden wrote . "Today we recognize the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples and the immeasurable positive impact they have had on all aspects of American society. "