Thank you to Jessie Conaway, PhD, for sharing the following message from one of her Ho-Chunk colleagues ~
In the spirit of honoring our individual heritage, traditions, and beliefs, I’m writing to share tomorrow’s events to recognize the National Day of Mourning that Natives started five decades ago to honor our ancestors and recognize the on-going struggle of racism, discrimination, and oppression that we still face today as Indigenous peoples.
Since 1970, Native Americans and their supporters have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth, MA to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the United States’ Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.
The livestream and pre-recorded content for the National Day of Mourning on November 26 can be viewed beginning at approximately 11:00am CST via the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) website, at the UAINE facebook group, on Youtube, and at the hate5six website.