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Vice President Kamala Harris denounced the European explorers who discovered America during Tuesday’s speech at the 78th annual convention of the National Congress of American Indians.

“Since 1934, every October, the United States has recognized the voyage of European explorers who first landed on America’s shores,” Harris said. “But that’s not the whole story. That’s never been the whole story.

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“Those explorers started a wave of devastation for Aboriginal nations—perpetrating violence, stealing land, and spreading disease,” she continued. “We must not hold back from this shameful past, and we must shed light on it and do everything possible to address the impact of the past on the native communities of today.”

Harris also claimed that the President BidenThe Build Back Better agenda will have a “significant impact on the Indian nation”.

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Citing data on missing Native American women and girls and claiming the voting rights of Native Americans, Harris said, “Native Americans continue to live in poverty, be unemployed, and are often unable to access and find quality healthcare.” more likely to struggle for affordable housing.”

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“This constant inequality, this constant injustice is not right. And the pandemic has made it worse,” he said.

Harris said Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill would help address many of the problems facing Native Americans.

“This bill represents the largest infrastructure investment our country has made before World War II and presents, at present, a significant opportunity to strengthen the Indian nation,” she said.

On Monday, Biden became first president To mark the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day with the proclamation of the President.

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