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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:56 PM

Thanksgiving: A National Day of Mourning for Indians



Thanksgiving: A National Day of Mourning for Indians

By Moonanum James and Mahtowin Munro. Mahtowin Munro (Lakota) and Moonanum James (Wampanoag) are co-leaders of United American Indians of New England.

Every year since 1970, United American Indians of New England have organized the National Day of Mourning observance in Plymouth at noon on Thanksgiving Day. Every year, hundreds of Native people and our supporters from all four directions join us. Every year, including this year, Native people from throughout the Americas will speak the truth about our history and about current issues and struggles we are involved in.

Why do hundreds of people stand out in the cold rather than sit home eating turkey and watching football? Do we have something against a harvest festival?

Of course not. But Thanksgiving in this country — and in particular in Plymouth –is much more than a harvest home festival. It is a celebration of the pilgrim mythology.

According to this mythology, the pilgrims arrived, the Native people fed them and welcomed them, the Indians promptly faded into the background, and everyone lived happily ever after.

The truth is a sharp contrast to that mythology.

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http://bermudaradical.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/thanksgiving-a-national-day-of-mourning-for-indians-2/

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Response to Submariner (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:02 PM

1. I think you meant to say Native Americans.

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Response to theoldman (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:22 PM

2. As you will notice

the Native American authors titled the article to refer to themselves as Indians.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:56 PM

3. We call ourselves Indians a lot. I don't know why.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:26 PM

4. Only in English

 

Russel Means explains in his speach "For America to Live, Europe Must Die":

(You notice I use the term American Indian rather than Native American or Native indigenous people or Amerindian when referring to my people.) There has been some controversy about such terms, and frankly, at this point, I find it absurd. Primarily it seems that American Indian is being rejected as European in origin - which is true. But all the above terms are European in origin; the only non-European way is to speak of Lakota - or, more precisely, of Oglala, Brule, et. - and of the Dineh, the Miccousukee, and all the rest of the several hundred correct tribal names.

(There is also some confusion about the word Indian , a mistaken belief that it refers somehow to the country, India. When Columbus washed up on the beach in the Caribbean, he was not looking for a country called India. Europeans were calling that country Hindustan in 1492. Look it up on the old maps. Columbus called the tribal people he met "Indio," from the Italian in dio , meaning "in God.")

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