Here’s the entire text of the AP story about today’s event at the National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan.
NEW YORK (AP) – Members of America’s oldest Protestant church have apologized – for the first time ever – for the massacre and displacement of Native Americans 400 years ago.
The Collegiate Church – formerly the First Dutch Reform Church – and representatives of the Lenape tribe held a ceremony of reconciliation Friday in lower Manhattan. They exchanged wampum in a symbolic gesture.
The ceremony occurred on the spot where the First Dutch Reform Church once stood. It was known as the “company church” of the Dutch merchants whose trading post helped develop the city’s economic power.
It’s also where Broadway begins, the site of an Indian trail 400 years ago.
The Rev. Robert Chase told the Lenape: “We consumed your resources, dehumanized your people and disregarded your culture.”
(For more information on the Healing Turtle Island event, click here. )