Formal apology from LA to native community – NBC Los Angeles


A motion for Los Angeles to take action to issue a formal apology to its Indigenous communities was brought forward by City Councilor Mitch O’Farrell. If passed by council, the motion would ask the Civil + Human Rights and Equity department to review and report on options for a formal apology on behalf of the city to local Native American and Alaska Native tribes.

The motion presented on Friday would also call for recommendations on policies that would better serve Native Americans and report on the initiatives of the Mayor’s Office Civic Memory Task Force, which recommended the city on ways to commemorate the Mayor’s Office. tragic and difficult aspects of the city’s history.

“The motion I have presented today is bold and for good reason,” said O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation, a federally recognized Native American tribe in Oklahoma. “The City of Los Angeles has never officially apologized for its treatment of the Native American Indian communities that originally inhabited this land. We can and must do better – not only by acknowledging our past, but by building a better future for Indigenous communities in LA ”

The motion notes that there are three tribal nations in Los Angeles that predate the Spanish mission system – Ventureno-Chumash, Gabrieleno-Tongva and Fernandeno-Tataviam and laments that “California has historically adopted policies aimed at kill, assassinate and disenfranchise “American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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There are 160,000 Native American and Alaskan Native communities in Los Angeles, mostly urban areas of the country, according to the motion.

“I thank Councilmember O’Farrell for his leadership and for being the voice of Native Americans on Los Angeles City Council,” said Rudy Ortega, Jr., tribal chairman of the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and former chairman of the Los Angeles County / Town Native American Indian Commission.

“It is essential that Los Angeles lead the way in righting the wrongs committed against the first governments of this country. I look forward to seeing the city’s recommendations on how to better represent Native American communities in Los Angeles. We are the descendants of the original inhabitants of this land, and we are ready to move forward towards a more just and equitable future.

O’Farrell also presented a resolution on Friday congratulating the commission on its 45th anniversary. It was formed on June 25, 1976. In 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order formally apologizing on behalf of California to the state’s Indigenous population for violence, abuse and neglect throughout the year. history of the state.

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