Precedent for America’s move toward restitution for human rights abuses

Smith%2CSherry2%2C2007.jpgA growing global movement to apologize and make restitution to victims of human rights abuses is now gathering steam in the United States, but it won't be a first for the country, says the president of The Western History Association.

"In reviewing the history of reconciliation in the American West, I've found three examples of government restitution — where we acknowledge we've participated in human rights abuses and offered either an apology, restitution, reparation or all three," says Sherry Smith, associate director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at SMU and an SMU history professor.