The United Nations defines reparations as “measures to redress violations of human rights by providing a range of material and symbolic benefits to victims or their families as well as affected communities. Reparation must be adequate, effective, prompt, and should be proportional to the gravity of the violations and the harm suffered.”
For Native American Heritage Month in November 2022, President Joe Biden discussed past harms, “America has not always delivered on its promise of equal dignity and respect for Native Americans. For centuries, broken treaties, dispossession of ancestral lands, and policies of assimilation and termination sought to decimate Native populations and their ways of life. But despite this painful history, Indigenous peoples, their governments, and their communities have persevered and flourished. As teachers and scholars, scientists and doctors, writers and artists, business leaders and elected officials, heroes in uniform, and so much more, they have made immeasurable contributions to our country’s progress. We must do more to ensure that Native Americans have every opportunity to succeed and that their expertise informs our Federal policy-making.”
He pledged reparations by making the pledge that “We will support Tribal economies, recognizing that Tribal governments provide a vast array of physical infrastructure, social services, and good-paying jobs that benefit their citizens and surrounding communities. We will keep fighting for better health care, child care, education, and housing in Tribal communities. We will always honor the profound impact Native Americans continue to have in shaping our Nation and bringing us closer to the more perfect Union we know we can and must be.”
November is National American Indian Heritage Month. The U.S. Senate has a history behind the creation of National Native American Heritage Month. You can learn more about Native Americans in the United States at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs.
Reparations are often discussed as part of National Native American Heritage Month. The turquoise ribbon shows support for Native American Reparations.
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