Why These Native Americans Observe A National Day Of Mourning Each Thanksgiving

In America’s indigenous communities, the Thanksgiving holiday is a reminder of loss. HuffPost visited Plymouth, Mass., to speak with the United American Indians of New England as the group plans their annual National Day of Mourning.

​Watch this 5-minute video and celebrate your Thanksgiving by taking one step toward ending racism.


  • Identify a personal way to honor and acknowledge the Indigenous People who were and are the original caretakers of the land that you/we occupy. Consider whether there is a way that you include a land acknowledgement if you have a Thanksgiving meal.  Madison Friends Meeting sits on the ancestral land of the Ho-Chunk people. For other areas of Wisconsin: https://wisconsinfirstnations.org/map/  Consider financial reparations or other remediation to the Indigenous People whose land you/we occupy.
  • Decolonize Your Thanksgiving: consider incorporating one or more of these ideas into your holiday this year: https://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/8-ways-decolonize-and-honor-native-peoples-thanksgiving

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The Center for Racial Justice Education offers resources for educators and families that uplift the perspectives and contributions of the Native American community. 

Raising Race Conscious Children 

In this extended edition of Rebel Music: Native America, follow the lives of four Indigenous musicians and activists as they incite change in their communities through their art. Starring Frank Waln, Inez Jasper, Nataanii Means and Mike "Witko" Cliff. Learn more at http://www.RebelMusic.com.