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Congressmen to Read Apology to American Indians

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Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Two members of Congress are scheduled to read a resolution apologizing to American Indians during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington state are joining Representatives from the Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, and Pawnee nations in the ceremony Wednesday at the Congressional Cemetery.

The cemetery is the burial site for tribal representatives from many American Indian nations who died in the region while representing their people.

Brownback had pushed since 2004 for the resolution that apologizes for "ill-conceived policies" and acts of violence against Native Americans by U.S. citizens. President Barack Obama signed it on Dec. 19.

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