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VP Harris attacks European explorers for ushering in ‘wave of devastation…disease’ on Native Americans

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Vice President Kamala Harris disparaged European explorers who discovered the Americas during a speech she gave on Tuesday at the National Congress of American Indians 78th Annual Convention, claiming they were guilty of horrific crimes against Native Americans.

“Since 1934, every October, the United States has recognized the voyage of the European explorers who first landed on the shores of the Americas,” proclaimed Harris in Portland, Oregon. “But that is not the whole story. That has never been the whole story.”

“Those explorers ushered in a wave of devastation for tribal nations — perpetrating violence, stealing land, and spreading disease,” she stated, accusing explorers of atrocities. “We must not shy away from this shameful past, and we must shed light on it and do everything we can to address the impact of the past on Native communities today.”

Then she tried to sell President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda to Native Americans, telling them it will have “a significant impact on Indian Country.”

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She proceeded to address the unrelated topic of missing Native American women and girls, citing statistics to engender outrage. She also bloviated on the voting rights of Native Americans, telling them their votes were being suppressed.

“Native Americans are more likely to live in poverty, to be unemployed, and often struggle to get quality healthcare and to find affordable housing,” Harris pandered seemingly offering Native Americans a chicken in every pot.

“This persistent inequity, this persistent injustice is not right. And the pandemic has only made it worse,” she added, invoking the virus as a partial cause of the plight of Native Americans while appearing to suggest that socialism is the only answer.

She went on to claim that Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill would solve many of their problems.

“This bill represents the largest infrastructure investment our nation has made since before World War II and presents, right now, an important opportunity to strengthen Indian Country,” she declared.

“It would set aside funding for tribal bridge projects and the Tribal Transportation Program,” Harris vowed.

“It would provide Native communities with funding to build out brand new water infrastructure, and connect Native communities with high-speed internet. All while creating good union jobs, millions of good union jobs,” she said, giving credit to unions once again.

“And as Native communities have led for generations upon generation on protecting our environment, I should also mention that this bill would also put millions of dollars toward making sure our communities are resilient in the face of climate change,” Harris promised in an attempt to sell the Green New Deal.

“I believe strongly that we right now have a chance to change things, to improve things, to be better for this generation and for the seven generations to come,” she stated. “Because I believe that we are at the beginning of a new era and a moment of incredible transformation.”

“As we work to rebuild our economy, as we work to restore our democracy, we have the opportunity to build a better future together,” Harris added, alluding to Biden’s agenda.

Monday, Biden became the first American president to celebrate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day with a presidential proclamation.

“For generations, federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures,” Biden wrote. “Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society.”

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