California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomPride flag raised at California state Capitol for the primary time Pleasure flag raised at California state Capitol for the primary time California governor says Republican Occasion is headed ‘into the waste bin of historical past’ MORE (D) on Tuesday issued an government order apologizing on behalf of the state and its residents for the previous violence in opposition to Native Individuals.
“California should reckon with our darkish historical past,” Newsom mentioned, in response to the Los Angeles Instances.
“We will by no means undo the wrongs inflicted on the peoples who’ve lived on this land that we now name California since time immemorial, however we will work collectively to construct bridges, inform the reality about our previous and start to heal deep wounds,” Newsom added.
Newsom’s remarks Tuesday got here as greater than 100 tribal leaders met in Sacramento for an annual assembly.
The governor additionally gave an in-person apology throughout a blessing ceremony on the web site of the long run California Indian Heritage Middle within the metropolis.
Newsom’s workplace advised the information outlet that it was the primary official apology to the state’s Native Individuals.
The Los Angeles Instances studies the state’s American Indian inhabitants declined from about 150,000 to 30,000 between 1846 and 1879.
Daniel Salgado, chairman of the Cahuilla Band of Indians, praised Newsom’s apology.
“Individuals can say it ought to have come a very long time in the past however I recognize that this governor is stepping up and taking that first step in what we consider is a therapeutic course of,” Salgado mentioned. “In any form of relationship, there’s recognition of a wrongdoing, an apology and a therapeutic begins to happen.”