As an advocate for Native Americans, I was glad to see that Sen. Brownback from Kansas introduced a joint resolution to "acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States."
Finally -- SOMEONE representing the U.S. government will simply acknowledge the fact that our European ancestors committed awful crimes against humanity: genocide against a people who have lived on this land for thousands of years before white settlers stepped foot on it.
SOMEONE will apologize for the forced removal of Native Americans from their homes and their sacred and spiritual spaces. Someone will apologize for stealing lands and treasures and never returning them.
SOMEONE will apologize for the forced assimilation techniques white people used to "kill the Indian, save the man." This included separating children from their families and forcing them into boarding schools where they were punished if they spoke their own language or practiced their tribal customs. This also included sterilizing many women and some men so that they could not bear children.