The churches should begin the process of revamping and removing Spanish traditions that could easily be replaced by native ones.
The thing is, the Spanish traditions are also traditions, and historic. Getting rid of one culture in favor of another culture seems to be doing over again the very thing that we are now saying was objectionable. I agree with making a place for Native American culture and letting the two cultures co-exist separately, as both are a part of our history.
The English-speaking British people decimated a lot of the Irish culture and language of my forebears, to the point where languages and customs also died out, but I don’t feel the answer there is to destroy the British culture in Ireland and have everybody go back to speaking Irish Gaelic and so forth. The things that came over with the British have become a part of people’s lives and part of the history of the area as well.
Offering facilities as gathering places for natives solely furthering their culture (not Catholic based events), putting money into research and the development of libraries
I think these are things that we, as the members of the Church, should be supporting, because it’s a humane, decent and peaceful step. I’m not sure that it’s the place of the Church hierarchy to be supporting these things, or rather, given that we are all “The Church”, it is not just some bishops and priests in an office somewhere, we can and should do things without waiting for or even expecting the hierarchy to do it.
Missionaries of all faiths do cultural harm to some extent, but they also do good. They also often were brutally killed because someone local in a power position perceived them as a threat to the culture. I would hope that missionaries today of all faiths go about things in a kinder, gentler way of incorporating cultural traditions (not to say that some of that did not also happen in the past; the Church reflects quite a bit of cultural inclusion, maybe not from Native Americans specifically, but from many earlier cultures) but I also don’t think they need to apologize 100 or 200 years later for things they did in the past that were following the established way of thinking then. The Catholic Church did many things throughout history that in hindsight to us now just look rotten or wrong, so it would be apologizing or trying to “make up for it” all the time if we went down that path.
One other thing about cultures that get taken over: very often they were vulnerable in some respect, and therefore whoever got there first was going to take over and harm the culture. Not saying that made it all OK but it probably made it inevitable. Better to have it happen in the name of Jesus than in the name of Kim Jong Un or Stalin or similar.