Church members apologize

NEW YORK — Members of America's oldest Protestant church have apologized — for the first time — for the massacre and displacement of Native Americans 400 years ago.

The Collegiate Church, formerly the First Dutch Reform Church, and representatives of the Lenape (Leh-NAH'-pee) tribe held a ceremony of reconciliation today in New York City.

The ceremony took place on the spot where the First Dutch Reform Church once stood. It was known as the "company church" of the Dutch merchants, whose trading post helped develop the city's economic power.

The ceremony was held where Broadway begins. Four hundred years ago, Broadway was an American Indian trail.

The Rev. Robert Chase told the Lenape: "We consumed your resources, dehumanized your people and disregarded your culture."

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