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Native Americans get apology.

NEW YORK * Four hundred years after their spiritual ancestors took part in the decimation and dislocation of Native Americans, one of the nation's first Protestant churches held a "healing ceremony" to apologize.

"We consumed your resources, dehumanized your people, and disregarded your culture," representatives from Collegiate Church said in a statement. "With pain, we the Collegiate Church remember our part in these events."

The Nov. 27 ceremony took place on Native American Heritage Day in lower Manhattan, where in 1628 Dutch colonizers built the first Collegiate Church, then known as the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, at Fort Amsterdam. The Dutch West Indies Company treated Native Americans "as a resource," Collegiate said in a statement, and "we were the conscience of this company."

Ron Holloway, who attended the ceremony representing the Lenape people, said, "The native populations were suppressed by a political and religious will of which they could never begin to conceive." But, he said, he and other Lenape people "wholeheartedly accept this apology."
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Date:Dec 11, 2009
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