NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING
Thanksgiving Day, many Native Americans and their supporters gather
at the top of Coles Hill, overlooking Plymouth Rock, for the
"National Day of Mourning."
The first National Day of Mourning was held in 1970. The
Commonwealth of Massachusetts invited Wampanoag leader Frank James
to deliver a speech. When the text of Mr. Jamesí speech, a
powerful statement of anger at the history of oppression of the
Native people of America, became known before the event, the
Commonwealth "dis-invited" him. That silencing of a strong
and honest Native voice led to the convening of the National Day of
The historical event we know today as the "First
Thanksgiving" was a harvest festival held in 1621 by the
Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors and allies. It has
acquired significance beyond the bare historical facts. Thanksgiving
has become a much broader symbol of the entirety of the American
experience. Many find this a cause for rejoicing. The dissenting
view of Native Americans, who have suffered the theft of their lands
and the destruction of their traditional way of life at the hands of
the American nation, is equally valid.
To some, the "First Thanksgiving" presents a distorted
picture of the history of relations between the European colonists
and their descendants and the Native People. The total emphasis is
placed on the respect that existed between the Wampanoags led by the
sachem Massasoit and the first generation of Pilgrims in Plymouth,
while the long history of subsequent violence and discrimination
suffered by Native People across America is nowhere represented.
To others, the event shines forth as an example of the respect that
was possible once, if only for the brief span of a single generation
in a single place, between two different cultures and as a vision of
what may again be possible someday among people of goodwill.
History is not a set of "truths" to be memorized, history
is an ongoing process of interpretation and learning. The true
richness and depth of history come from multiplicity and complexity,
from debate and disagreement and dialogue. There is room for more
than one history; there is room for many voices.
The Indian Child Welfare
Act took place today 24 years ago.
Native American Grave
Protection Act took place today 24 years ago.
November 16, 2003
Children's Powwow in Greeley, Colorado
Hosted by Native American Student Services at the University
of Northern Colorado.
The powwow will run from 12:00 noon to about 5:00 pm and
will be located at the Long's Peak/Mt. Evans Ballroom at the
Talking Leaf: From Princess Evening Sky
I am sending out a talking leaf to my Native Brothers and
Sisters. I am known as what is called Hearing Impaired, as
are many native friends of mine. It seems that while there
is so much Close-Captioned Movies/Dramas/Musicals such as
Music from a Painted Cave and Spirit, yet there is NO CC
Native shows/musicals/documentaries that are Close Captioned
for those who DON'T have the "ears to hear!" CC Is
printing the words across the TV screens... If you know of
any CC NA stuff, could you please contact me at Princess
Evening Sky? I am disabled but could at least get the
word out to other NA groups! I am thankful for Lady Hawke
having compassion for this new project! NATIVES PERFORMERS;
PLEASE CONSIDER INVESTING JUST A LITTLE MORE MONEY; INCLUDE
THE WORDS/CHANTS TO YOUR SONGS; INCLUDE CC FOR YOUR VIDEOS!
IT WOULD MEAN SO MUCH TO US...HELP OUR EYES BE OUR EARS EVEN