Vice President Harris Tuesday described those explorers you learned about in school as a bunch of murderers and disease-spreading thieves.
From remarks Harris made at the White House to the National Congress Of American Indians 78th Annual Convention:
Since 1934, every October, the United States has recognized the voyage of the European explorers who first landed on the shores of the Americas. 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.
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.