For many indigenous people, Thanksgiving isn’t about breaking bread with colonists. It’s a national day of mourning.
Standing Rock isn’t the only place where this type of environmental injustice is happening to American Indians.
American Indians are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than any other race in the U.S.
The Paiute tribe says the protesters need to leave.
“Some would say, ‘Why be so dark about it?’ Well, it's real, it's truthful, it was a holocaust,” says the head of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal council.
"If they were assimilated, within a decade they'd probably be doing as well as the rest of us."
"There’s no mocking of American Indians at all in the movie."
The Texas State Board of Education wants to reinforce this knowledge gap, forcing Texas high schoolers to learn a sanitized version of U.S. history in the name of being "pro-American."
The real story of the first Thanksgiving is neither as simple nor as consoling as the pared down account we learned in history class would suggest.
While Native Americans celebrate this 4th of July weekend, probably with hotdogs and fireworks, and possibly a powwow, I wonder whether we might all consider what that three word phrase wrought.