November 24, 2011 5:15 PM
UAINE established this day as its National Day Of Mourning in 1970. I am writing this from the United States on the (controversial for some people) holiday known as Thanksgiving. Today, families all over this country are gathering together feasting. They enjoy things like turkey or tofurky (vegan) and stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, spicy clove tea, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. As I write this, fireworks are exploding outside. I don’t recall hearing fireworks on Thanksgiving until now as that is usually reserved for the Fourth Of July and New Year’s Eve. When I was in college, I looked into the Native American Church and began reading many books about Native American culture. You could say I even became an activist. When I woke up today, I purchased a necklace handmade by Native American women who are part of an organization that funds education for their children. I’m not preaching. I am saying please be mindful.