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7 thoughtful ways to be an ally to Native Americans on Thanksgiving (and beyond)


The story behind Thanksgiving is one that has been twisted into fairy tale.

The real history of Thanksgiving is one of disease and enslavement demolishing indigenous populations. Europeans came to what is now the state of Connecticut and killed 700 indigenous people during their annual Green Corn Festival, which was their Thanksgiving, in 1637.

The slaughter, according to the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony at the time of the killings, called for a true “day of Thanksgiving.”


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