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Seeking an apology can be a tough task in Georgia's Legislature

It can be awfully hard for Georgia politicians to say “I'm sorry.”

In a cramped conference room across from the statehouse, a handful of Native American leaders quietly gathered last week to start laying the groundwork to ask for a formal apology for Georgia's treatment of their forefathers during the Trail of Tears and other injustices.

Their guest speaker was Lord John Alderdice, who helped broker peace talks that ended the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland and later served as the first speaker of its Assembly. But few in the room expected a breakthrough.

“I've been working the Capitol for 20 years. And I'd like to win one,” said Vonnie McCormick, the principal chief of the Lower Muskogee tribe. “But the state of Georgia is a strange creature.”

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