Saturday, December 27, 2008
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this timely and insightful forum moderated by Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Director Kevin Gover (Pawnee/Comanche) focuses on topical issues of reconciliation and highlights national apologies made to Native peoples.
The symposium covers the eloquent apology issued in June 2008 by the Canadian government for the abuse and cultural loss suffered by Aboriginal peoples in Canada’s residential schools. It includes a presentation on the Native American Apology Resolution recently passed in the United States Senate as well as an examination of reconciliation efforts in Guatemala. A wrap-up speaker considers the issues involved in apologies and reconciliation processes in a broad scope. Concluding with panel discussion and questions from the audience, Harvest of Hope seeks a deeper, more inclusive understanding of our national narratives and the experiences of the Native peoples of the Americas.
Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Northern Cheyenne), former United States Senator from Colorado; currently senior policy advisor, Holland & Knight LLP
Caroline Davis, Assistant Deputy Minister, Resolution and Individual Affairs, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Government of Canada
Phil Fontaine (Sagkeeng First Nation), National Chief, Assembly of First Nations, Canada
Victor Montejo (Jakaltek Maya), University of California, Davis; formerly Minister of Peace in the Guatemalan Republic and member of the Guatemalan National Congress
Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway), historian, National Museum of the American Indian
This program is free and open to the public.Metro: L’Enfant Plaza, Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museum
All the Native's will know when this happens. All the White's will be too busy in their own lives to pay much attention, and a large percentage don't like us and will say " The apology don't pretain to my opinion!" Sad to say, but this apology will be laid to rest in the Smithsonian Museum. I say "GIVE US BACK OUR DIGNITY! And give our Mother (earth) back her's also!