"Wampanoag and other Indigenous people have certainly not lived happily ever after since the arrival of the Pilgrims," added James, whose Wampanoag ancestors in Massachusetts were the first to feel the impacts of colonization -- #NDOM2019 comes ahead of the 400th anniversary of the colonization of Plymouth. "To us, Thanksgiving is a Day of Mourning, because we remember the millions of our ancestors who were murdered by uninvited European colonists such as the Pilgrims," James said. "Today, we and many Indigenous people around the country say 'No Thanks, No Giving,'" James concluded.
The 50th National Day of Mourning in Plymouth MA is on 11.28.19. We have been going through old photos and newspaper articles and will be tweeting out some items that are of particular interest over the next several days. #ndom2019 #nothanksnogiving #thankstaking pic.twitter.com/MxvNLOtklZ— ndnviewpoint (@mahtowin1) November 25, 2019
After meeting at Cole's Hill, participants will march through the historic district of Plymouth. They will also host a program, with this year's dedicated to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit people. “We will mourn and honor the thousands of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls & Two-Spirits (#MMIWG2S)," UAINE co-leader Mahtowin Munro said on Tuesday. Solidarity with Indigenous peoples across the Americas is another theme, Munro said. She highlighted the recent ouster of Evo Morales from Bolivia, where he had been the first Indigenous person to serve as president. "We will express our solidarity with the Indigenous people of Bolivia who are suffering as a result of the US-backed coup there," said Munro , who is Lakota. #NDOM2019 also focuses on Indigenous migration, Munro said. The U.S. government, under the policies of Republican President Donald Trump, has made it harder for Indigenous peoples to cross the border and has punished them by separating children from their families. “Once again, the inhuman actions of the U.S. government will compel us to express our solidarity with refugees who are being denied entry, especially our Indigenous relatives from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and other countries who are fleeing largely because of U.S. policies that have destroyed their countries, and who are having their children stolen from them by ICE and other US agencies," Munro said. "Indigenous people here know too well for generations what it means to have our families separated as a result of government policies such as residential schools and removal of Native children to white homes, and we will continue to raise our voices in protest of what ICE is doing," Munro concluded.
Plymouth MA has people who dress up like the "pilgrims" and march through the streets with their bibles and muskets. This 1621 "Pilgrim Progress" reenacted for the tourists exemplifies settler innocence masking what really happened. #NDOM2019 #nothanksnogiving #thankstaking pic.twitter.com/HDIrGMvSzw— ndnviewpoint (@mahtowin1) November 25, 2019
For many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning (CNN November 24, 2019)
-- United American Indians of New England, uaine.org