We fully support and encourage President Clinton's Initiative on Race and his
call for healing all forms of racial abuse and neglect. Yet at the March 1998
meeting of the Advisory Board for the Initiative on Race in Colorado, the
absence of representation by indigenous peoples on the Advisory Board and the
reluctance of the Advisory Board and staff to engage the audience in direct
dialogue on issues of concern led to Native American protests. These protests
not only changed the course of that meeting dramatically, but also led to
pressure on the President from many groups and individuals to rethink policy and
action toward and on behalf of indigenous peoples.
The 1998 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association regrets
the failure of the government of the United States to assert a vigorous and
moral leadership in ending colonial practices and systemic, as well as
individual, discrimination and abuse toward the indigenous peoples of the United
States. The Assembly asks Unitarian Universalists in the United States to take
action to urge the United States government to begin a program of reconciliation
and renewal by way of the following:
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