Native Americans Mourn Thanksgiving

To many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a "Day of Mourning" that marks the genocide of thousands of Native Americans, the theft of Native lands and the assult on Native cultures. A few hundred Native Americans plan to gather along Plymouth shore to tell the stories of their ancestors.

am_indiansToday, while the aroma of stuffed turkey, apple pie, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce fills kitchens across the United States, a few hundred people will gather along the shores of Plymouth and observe what they call their "National Day of Mourning." Massachusetts Gov. John Winthrop might have declared 1637 the first official day of Thanksgiving, but for many of the nearly 3 million Native Americans, it's a cruel reminder of the massacre that year of 700 Pequot men, women and children by the Puritans, who had arrived a few years earlier on the Mayflower and were warmly greeted by Native Americans with food. Later, the visitors were given land, taught to plow, sow and tend to their crops. In declaring the day as Thanksgiving, Winthrop announced the day marks the sharing of the Pilgrims' first harvest with the Native Americans. Not true, say the indigent people. It is the reminder of the genocide of thousands of Native Americans, the theft of Native lands and the relentless assault on Native culture, said Wampanoag Indian Moonanum James, co-leader of the United American Indians of New England. "We are trying to correct a lot of history that says the Indians and Puritans sat together (in 1621) and rejoiced and feasted," James said. He said that in 1970, his father, Frank James, was asked by Gov. Frank Sergent to write a speech commemorating the 350th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in Massachusetts. What the older James wrote, instead, was a censorship of the Pilgrims, accusing them of robbing American Indian graves, stealing from essential food caches and decimating the native population. am_indiansWhen the senior James refused a request by the governor's office to rewrite his speech, he was dropped from the program, prompting Native Americans to declare Thanksgiving a National Day of Mourning. Since then, Moonanum James and hundreds of other Native Americans from across the country have been converging on Plymouth Harbor to let people know that Native Americans have nothing to be thankful for. Chanting and beating drums, they will first hold a "speak out" on Coles Hill overlooking Plymouth Rock and tell of the atrocities they have been facing since the Pilgrims arrived. They will also demand the release of Leonard Peltier, a former American Indian Movement activist convicted in 1977 for the 1975 deaths of two FBI agents at a shootout on a South Dakota reservation. James said the National Day of Mourning will only cease "when history books accurately reflect" what the Puritans did to Native Americans, when fishing and hunting rights are restored to his people, when the 360 or so treaties made with them are fully observed and when "our people are allowed to rule ourselves."

 

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  • 11/26/2009 3:51 PM TheTallOne wrote:
    This is the reason why I NEVER watch westerns. I've always hated westerns ever since I was a kid. They make it look like the Indians are the 'bad guys' and the white people the 'good guys', which was a goddamned lie! When I was little and asked my uncle about it he told me everything. Once I learned the truth I never wanted to watch those dumb westerns again.
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  • 11/26/2009 6:54 PM hatethehaterz wrote:
    It's strange that congress is willing to pass resolutions acknowledging "genocides" in countries across the Atlantic Ocean (Jewish Holocost and Armenian genocide), yet they remain silent on the BIGGEST genocide (against the Native Americans) which happened long before those and right here in their own backyard. Its the same thing the snowflakes are doing to the Palestinians and similar to the way they are trying to assault and demonize all that is Muslim and Islam. Wonder who whitey will go after next? Was the white race ever mentioned as one of the plagues of Egypt? lol.
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  • 11/26/2009 7:25 PM SlayingMySlaveMaster wrote:
    We must remember the Wampanaugs. They are the native tribe that saved the Pilgrims sorry pink hides. People ignorantly say Pilgrims and Indians when they should say Wampanaugs and Pilgrims. We know the pilgrims were a English religious cult but we don't know who the Indians were that saved them. They were the Wampanaugs. Western socoeity tried to make the Indians into faceless people. White Americans = Illegal squatters
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  • 11/26/2009 7:45 PM Rawhide Rex wrote:
    Christopher Columbus was a degenerate Jew. The Muslim Moors from Spain made it to the new world first. There are many books and research to prove it. The Moors did not commit genocide against the Native Indians. In fact, when Columbus arrived to Florida he saw people living like Muslim Moors with domed buildings, minarets, and the women where covered up Muslim style and they all worshiped one God. Whitey needs a good spanking.
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  • 11/27/2009 10:31 AM Imhotep wrote:
    I thought I was the only one
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  • 11/27/2009 12:47 PM TheTallOne wrote:
    Yeah, and it's also known that the Indians actually built cities, (that actually rivaled those of the Mayans). I read these cities were amazing. Louisville, Kentucky is actually built on top of one of those cities. But do they teach this historical aspect of Native Americans to children in school? No. They try to make it seem like the Natives were just some ignorant tribal people who weren't doing nothing with the land, and that it was only when pale-face came to this country that the lands natural resources finally were recognized.
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    1. 10/7/2010 4:11 PM Hatethehaterz wrote:
      Phoenix, Arizona is also built on the site of a former Native American city (complete with buildings and other structures). That's actually why it was named "Phoenix." As in the re-birth (sort of) of that ancient grand city. The early architecture the snow nig squatters chose was based on (i.e. copied from) the Native American buildings. The builders of the Native city were advanced enough to build their structures in a way to keep them cool even in the scorching heat of the area. So Native Americans were not as "primitive" or "simple" as the white "history" books would have us beleive.
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  • 11/28/2009 11:51 AM anonymous wrote:
    Let me just add that the African Slave Trade was a near genocide that comes a close second to Native Americans.
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  • 11/28/2009 11:53 AM anonymous wrote:
    Back to the Native Americans though, whites always want to be cut slack about mistreating Native Americans yet diss them in Westerns, logos, and general discourse. What-ever!
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  • 11/30/2009 10:58 PM Genghis wrote:
    Albinos harassed every non-white race in North America, but we rarely hear about it. History books = propaganda
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  • 12/15/2009 4:25 PM Phillymiss wrote:
    U.S. out of North America!
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  • 12/16/2009 1:23 PM Coulee Eidos wrote:
    we shall never forget! FORWARD! REMEMBERANCE! PEACE!
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  • 12/23/2009 6:40 AM andy wrote:
    you are an asshole Mud people are way more dangerous and sick and you can't deal with the fact of all the White racists web sites that do the same shit that you do. I am glad you have so little in your life to do some stupid web site like this. i am glad you hate whitye people ) you are so jealous because we wiped and killed what ever pathetic race you belong to. You just deal with the fact that the White race was the master race. It hurts doesn't it. Not a dam thing you could do about history except make a little web site, jagoff
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  • 1/12/2010 9:53 PM Luis wrote:
    Shut up, albino! Is it the white race the master race? Hahaha. that's so funny! Soon the pale face people will be extinguished from the continent nicknamed "America"
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  • 10/7/2010 12:58 PM Rev Darrell wrote:
    The link under Website is the first of many regarding the horrific mal-treatment of others by whites over the centuries. It's not the best version, I still am working on it, but u can get the idea. It's called "The Indian Removal Act" (2) / "Trail of Tears".
    1830 - The Trail of Tears. Note: The
    "INDIAN REMOVAL ACT" empowered by
    president Andrew Jackson allowed
    the U.S. Government to move eastern
    Indians west of the Mississippi. The purpose was to put pressure off
    arising conflicts since the flawed thinking was that the white settlements would never penetrate that part of
    the continent. The project was ill-conceived and culturally chauvinistic.

    Please Watch.

    My series of videos will progress from this one (one polished), to slavery, killing of innocent Mexicans, etc....up though today.
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  • 10/7/2010 1:01 PM Rev Darrell wrote:
    Just in case the youtube site for the video didnt show: youtube.com/watch?v=i7EHTvYKufI
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