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Five years ago, Negiel Bigpond helped lead Native Americans from across North America in a radical act of forgiveness. Participants danced, sang and prayed in the shadow of the Washington Monument, committing to do their part to heal tribal relationships with government officials, which had been strained by centuries of abuse.

“We forgave when no one asked us to forgive,” said Bigpond, a member of the Yuchi Tribe who lives in Oklahoma.

Although Bigpond still speaks

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