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National Day of Mourning, 26th November 2020

26th November 2020. A day many Americans celebrate as ‘Thanksgiving’, an anniversary of a beginning for the white man in America, which has had the truth blurred and history overlooked for the benefit of the white man’s narrative.

26th November 2020 is ‘The National Day of Mourning’ for Native American’s. It is an annual protest organised since 1970 by the United American Indians of New England on the fourth Thursday of November, the same day as Thanksgiving in the United States. Each year, several hundred Native Americans and supporters living near the location of what is commonly considered the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts, gather to rally and march at Cole’s Hill near Plymouth rock, to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US Thanksgiving holiday.

To many Native Americans, ’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 honour 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.

Today, like no other, here at SACANTICS we pay tribute to and honour the Native American people’s ancestors, and take this time to remember the struggles they endured then to modern times, as well acknowledge the racism and oppression Native American’s experience still to this day.

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