When running for President JFK outlined 10 ways he would help the Native Americans population if elected.
JFK called for an end to Termination and he pledged to “end practices that have eroded Indian rights and resources, reduced the Indians' land base and repudiated Federal responsibility.”
In the summer of 1962, President Kennedy hosted a gathering of tribal leaders at the White House. Kennedy demonstrated that he clearly understood the importance of the Nation’s trust and treaty responsibilities.
His words were met with a sincere and heartfelt blessing from Dennis Bushyhead, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, who replied, “It is our fervent hope and our prayer that the Great Spirit will put His hand upon your capable shoulders as you guide the Ship of State of this glorious republic through the troublesome waters that lie ahead to the end that someday we will have a healthful, happy, & peaceful world.”
JFK may no longer be with us but his grand nephew, Joe Kennedy lll is in politics and is still working today for the Native Americans rights.
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