US must face up to 'shameful past' with tribal nations, Harris says | First Thing

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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”.

Why is the name of the day so controversial? In a bitterly divided country, the teaching of American history has become a political flashpoint, attracting fierce attacks from conservatives everywhere from school boards to universities, the media and beyond.

What else did Harris say about it? “Since 1934, every October, the United States has recognized the voyage of the European explorers who first landed on the shores of the Americas. But that is not the whole story. That has never been the whole story … We must not shy away from this shameful past.”

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