Seattle City Council Votes to Acknowledge "Historical Traumas" of American Indian Boarding School Policy

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Is this why the Seattle City Council encourages the building of 100 story skyscrapers on Duwamish land? And the raising of rents to drive many tribesmen out of the city they once owned?

At what point will the Northern Europeans of Washington be forced to stop celebrating St. Patrick's Day and the Nordic Museum be derided as symbols of oppression?

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Now that the Seattle City Council has voted to acknowledge that the past exists, this nation's healing can truly begin.
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It's a worthy gesture, in the supporting document an 'X' is beside no financial implications and the 'other implications' section is not addressed.
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This bold move by the Seattle City Council sure solved all of our transportation, housing and safety issues. I'm totally impressed!!
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@4: Wow, I'm to the left of you on this one.
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I do think that it is important to learn about all history. But to only learn about one groups mistakes does not cover up all peoples mistakes. History has shown that Chief Sealth had slaves. He gained his power by being a great worrier. He attacked neighboring tribes and took slaves. So white settlers were guilty of treating native peoples incorrectly. But we do not see native tribes as they actually were. We do not talk about the tribes that were attacking and killing each other. For some reason we always look at the native tribes as these peaceful people that just hunted and fished. Native tribes deserve to be recognized, but taking away Columbus day that others celebrate instead of creating a day to recognize native people is wrong. More politics wasting that could be spent on improving our city.
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@6 I love the image of Chief Sealth as a "great worrier", and that that somehow led to him gaining power. Thanks for the chuckle.
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Immigration: bad then; good now.
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@7 wins the thread.
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Now I am really curious what it was, since it has been deleted.
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@6, thank you. This entire gesture was a fucking waste of time and does nothing to tangibly improve life in Seattle for anyone. It just makes a bunch of white guilt ridden liberals feel better about themselves and provides something for Portlandia to write a skit about.
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On my first trip to Australia in 1998 to meet my first grandchild, the Australian Government had declared reparations to the Aboriginals and had a display at the Australian Museum in Sydney, dsiplaying photos and journals of all the heinous treatment Australia had imposed on its Native people. They took responsibility for what they had done, and illustrated it profusely, and It was heartbreaking. I had to go hide into a corner in the museum to cry. They had a book where all Australians could sign to express their apologies - a big book. Since I was an American, I couldn't sign, but I felt so strongly that we needed to do the same here in America. Now it has happened. Let it begin.