Alaska did not become a state until 1959. - @nimblenews
A little-known fact, and one certainly neglected in most classrooms, is that the United States government did not technically buy Alaska from Russia. They purchased the rights to negotiate with the Alaska Natives, who had lived there for thousands of years and been treated awfully under Russian occupation. The United States government, characteristically, had no intentions of truly negotiating – so this whole description is just a technicality – and the transfer of power was handed over by the Russians in return for the equivalent of $114 million in today’s dollars. Alaska Natives were not granted United States citizenship until 1924, disqualifying them from voting rights or land ownership. The Bureau of Indian Affairs worked with missionary societies to eradicate indigenous languages, religion, art, music … culture. Michael Peers, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, issued the following apology in 1993: “I accept and confess before God and you, our failures in the residential schools. We failed you. We failed ourselves. We failed God. I am sorry more than I can say…that we were part of a system which took you and your children from home and family…that we tried to remake you in our image…That in our schools so many were abused. On behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada, I offer our apology.”
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