On 3/1/2007, Kanas Senator Sam Brownback introduced (S.J.Res.4) as an apology to Native Americans on behalf of the United States:

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.

The Congressional Budget Office concluded:

"Nothing in the resolution would authorize or support any legal claim against
the federal government, nor would it serve as a settlement of any pending claim against the
federal government.  CBO estimates that enacting S.J. Res. 4 would have no significant
impact on the federal budget."

Why, then, has it taken so long to apologize to our Native Americans, who remain the most oppressed group of people in our country? Have our leaders lost their vision of freedom as stated in our own Declaration of Independence?