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Native Americans Deserve an Apology

October 30, 1998

Duane Noriyuki's story of two women and their role in the Indian uprising at Wounded Knee, S.D., in 1973 ("Unsung Spirits," Oct. 14) was nuanced and poignant. The uprising 25 years ago was inspired by the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890, a tragedy that continues to resonate among the Lakota people and the relatives of the victims.

We live today in an age of apology, a time when the president and others issue official mea culpas for such policies as those behind the slavery of African Americans and the internment of Japanese Americans. What about Native Americans? What about the mass slaying in 1890 of 200 Indians, including children? How has this grotesque massacre by U.S. troops managed to avoid a government apology and proper redress?

KEVIN McKIERNAN

Santa Barbara

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