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Members of Native American tribes around New England are gathering in the seaside town where the Pilgrims have settled—not to give thanks, but to mourn indigenous peoples around the world who have faced centuries of racism and abuse .

National Mourning Day is observed on Thursday in the city of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Will remember sickness and oppression They say that European settlers brought them to North America.

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“We Native people have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims,” said Keisha James, a member of the Aquinah Wampanoag and Ogla Lakota tribes and granddaughter of the event’s founder, Wamsutta Frank James.

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James said, “We want to educate people so that they understand that the stories we all learned about the first Thanksgiving in school are nothing but lies. The Wampanoag and other indigenous peoples are certainly the Pilgrims. Have never lived happily ever after.”

“For us, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning, as we remember the millions of our ancestors who were murdered by uninvited European colonists such as the Pilgrims. Today, we and many indigenous peoples across the country say, ‘No thanks, no giving.’ ,

This is the 52nd year the United American Indians of New England has hosted the event on Thanksgiving Day. This tradition started in the 1970s.

The story comes as student and alumni groups from several colleges across the country encouraged students to observe Thanksgiving as a day of remembrance for Native Americans, the George Washington University Student Association said Monday by sending an email to students. Said that “Thanksgiving Day is a reminder. The massacre of millions of natives.”

“While we recognize the importance of giving thanks and spending time with family and friends, we must also recognize that for many in our community, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning,” the email said.

Joining the George Washington University students were the alumni union University of Maryland, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University, Hiram College in ohio and California State University, Long Beach, who attended an event and asked whether Americans should “reconsider” the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Starting in the 1970s, many Americans, led by Indigenous protesters, believed that Thanksgiving should be re-dedicated as a national day of mourning, reflecting the centuries-old displacement and oppression of Native Americans. Columbus Day Indigenous People’s Day reflects a recent change in the national mood,” the event description said. “Should Americans Reconsider Thanksgiving While Wrestling With Our Nation’s Complicated Past?”

Indigenous peoples and their supporters gathered in person in the afternoon on Coles Hill, a wind-swept mound in front of Plymouth Rock, which commemorates the arrival of the colonists. they will too live stream accident.

Participants beat drums, prayed and condemned what organizers described as an “unjust system based on racism, settler colonialism, sexism, homosexuality and the profit-driven destruction of the earth” before marching through Plymouth’s historic district. did.

  Prisoned American Indians carry a large painting of Leonard Peltier during a march for the National Day of Mourning on November 22, 2001 in Plymouth, Mass.  Members of Native American tribes, condemning centuries of racism and mistreatment of indigenous peoples.  New Englanders will gather on Thanksgiving 2021 for a solemn national day of mourning.

This year, he highlighted the turbulent legacy of federal boarding schools that sought to assimilate Indigenous youth into white society in the US as well as Canada, where Reportedly hundreds of bodies were discovered Based on pre-residential schools for Indigenous children.

Brian Mosqueta Weiden, president of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council, said on Boston Public Radio earlier this week that Americans expressed their gratitude to his tribe for helping the pilgrims survive their first brutal winter.

“People need to understand that you need to be grateful every day — that’s the way our ancestors thought and navigated this world,” Weiden said. “Because we were grateful, we were willing to share … and we had good intentions and a good heart.”

Weyden said it was of no use in the long run.

Command Sergeant Major Veronica Harvey, Senior Enlisted Adviser for Third Division Sustainment Brigade Support Operations, U.S. Army soldiers put pieces of turkey on a plate at a dining facility in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Nov.  The command team at Camp Ariphijan serves soldiers on Thanksgiving to show appreciation during the holidays.  (US Army photo by Sergeant Marquis Hopkins)

“That’s why, 400 years later, we’re still sitting here fighting for the little land we still have, and trying to hold the Commonwealth and the federal government accountable,” he said.

“Because 400 years later, we really don’t have much to show or be thankful for. So I think it’s important for everyone to be grateful to our ancestors who helped the Pilgrims survive , and played a complex role in the birth of this nation.”