Kamala Harris drew criticism yesterday when she denounced America’s “shameful past” of colonisation, and said that European explorers “ushered in a wave of devastation for tribal nations”.
Addressing the National Congress of American Indians on Tuesday evening, the vice-president said that the US “must not shy away” from its past. She was speaking after the first Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the new name for the annual Columbus Day holiday.
“Since 1934, every October the United States has recognised the voyage of the European explorers who first landed on the shores of the Americans. But that is not the whole story. That has never been the whole story,” Harris said. “Those explorers ushered in a wave of devastation for tribal nations — perpetrating violence, stealing land and spreading disease. We must not shy away from this shameful past and we must shed light on it.”
Hundreds of protesters led by Indigenous activists from across the country demonstrated in front of the White House on Monday to demand that Joe Biden stop approving fossil fuel projects and declare the climate crisis a national emergency.
Read the full report from my colleague Maya Yang here: