A Senate committee is considering legislation that would offer a formal apology to American Indians from the government.
Senator John McCain, who chairs the Senate's Committee on Indian Affairs, says he will try and help the resolution reach the full Senate.
The resolution -- introduced by Kansas Republican Sam Brownback -- recounts the long history of government mistreatment of American Indians, including forced relocation, the outlawing of traditional religions and destruction of sacred sites. The president of the National Congress of American Indians says the apology has been "a long time coming."
Congress rarely apologizes for official government conduct. Exceptions include a 1993 apology to native Hawaiians for the unlawful overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and a 1988 apology to Japanese Americans placed in detention camps during World War Two.