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Manitonka, the company that makes moccasins, apologizes for taking advantage of the local culture.

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO | Associated Press

NEW YORK – Moccasin maker Manitonka has publicly apologized for making money from local culture and vowed to do more to help local communities in the future after 75 years of business.

In a statement posted on the company’s website Monday, Manitonka CEO David Miller said the company is not a local-owned business. He noted that the Minneapolis-based company acknowledged the allocation in the summer of 2020, but Miller said the public apology was too late.

“We sincerely and spiritually apologize for taking advantage of selling local movements without directly respecting local culture or communities,” Miller said. We began to grow in our commitment to the culture to which we are deeply indebted.

The company set an amnesty for locals. President Biden issued a statement Friday stating that October 11 will be celebrated as a day to honor Native Americans, marking the first U.S. president to do so.

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