Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Life in the 21st century through the eyes of a Native American


MONTAGUE — Thanksgiving can be spent one of two ways.

Many United States citizens will most likely spend the beginning of the November holiday with their friends and family gathered in the kitchen roasting a turkey, whipping potatoes and baking casseroles and will end the day gathered around a dining room table sharing laughs and enjoying each other’s company, all while giving thanks for what they have.

Indigenous peoples, however, won’t spend the day laughing and celebrating. They will honor their loved ones at a 46-year-old ceremony — National Day of Mourning — commemorating all the lives that were lost when the English settlers murdered natives as they attempted and eventually succeed in claiming the land as their own.


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