For the first time, I’ll be able to attend the United American Indians of New England National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, MA on Thanksgiving Day. This is the 36th year.
Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commermorate a National Day of Mourning on the US 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.