Eureka Offers ‘Support’ Not Apology to Wiyot Tribe
Instead of offering a formal apology, the Eureka City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, March 18 to accept a second draft of a letter from Mayor Frank Jager to the Wiyot Tribe, for the 1860 Wiyot Massacre on Indian Island.
The Eureka Times-Standard reports that the second version of the letter is a scaled back version of the first.
The first draft said: “As mayor of Eureka, on behalf of the city council and the people of Eureka, we would like to offer a formal apology to the Wiyot people for the actions of our people in 1860,” the draft says. “Nothing we can say or do can make up for what occurred on that night of infamy. It will forever be a scar on our history. We can, however, with our present and future actions of support for the Wiyot, work to remove the prejudice and bigotry that still exists in our society today.”
The second draft says: “As mayor of Eureka, on behalf of the city council and the people of Eureka, we offer our support to the Wiyot Tribe and reaffirm our commitment toward healing the Wiyot people’s wounds and continuing to work toward establishing better relationships rooted in reconciliation. The continuation of the Wiyot Renewal Ceremony is a step toward the healing of the wounds that have been a scar on our community.”
The second version of the letter does not say that residents of Eureka participated in the massacre, notes the Times-Standard.
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