Apology to Indians

An Apology to Indian Peoples of the Americas

We, Poles and Polish Americans, members of this organization: the Polish-American Ethnological Society in Memory of Bronislaw Malinowski of Atlantic City, NJ, United States of America,

hereby express our sincere and profound apology to all of
Native People of the Americas

for our ancestors who, since Jamestown 1608, and other places and occasions mindlessly and with no reflection took part in the invasion of Indian Land, in its bloody conquest, in the genocide of multitudes of human beings, and in their dispossessing, enslaving and deporting under the abominably false pretext of "bringing the light of the 'true' God, and their Christian civilization".

We also apologize to Native People for currently taking advantage of the so called "fait accompli", and for establishing ourselves in the Lenapehoking, where today, tragically, only small remnants of Lenni Lenape Indians survive. And to these survivors, the Lenape People, we turn with kind request: please accept us as the humble guests in your land, and let us enjoy being your true friends. We will always be mindful of our status as intruders.

We hope through our activities we may promote greater awareness among the general population, that the Indian People, despite ages of conquest, the genocidal politics, the forced dispossession from their land, and other "politically established facts", by the ethical standards, and in our own view, will always be seen as the Rightful Owners of the Americas.

For the Polish-American Ethnological Society:

Andrzej J.R. Wala, Executive Director Henryk Paterak, Secretary General
Krystyna Baliszewska, Chairperson of the Board of Directors

 And thank You...

for producing such a variety of cultures and languages that show us all different ways of looking at the world. Thank you for producing such an incredible diversity of art forms which are amazing and so different from those of European background. Thank you for - after so many years of being looked down on and oppressed by the nation which have taken over your land - for still being willing to share with us those things that show the incredible diversity of humans, that we can all hopefully learn to appreciate and grow from. For all those things we thank you and hope you will accept our thanks with our desire to have a future that will be mutually beneficial to all of us, filled with understanding and respect of one another as equal members of the humanity.

John J. Beatty
Professor of Anthropology at Brooklyn College CUNY
Active Member & Consultant in Anthropology for PAES/PATE