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November 14, 2007

Thanksgiving, A Time To Mourn (AndrewsDad)

For the past three years, the Seattle School District has sent a letter to teachers and staff, telling them "Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for many native students."

The letter also asks teachers to understand that Thanksgiving is a "time of mourning" for many Indian people and a "reminder of 500 years of betrayal."

Local Native American leaders add that not everyone in their community sees Thanksgiving negatively, but there is still plenty of hurt that can only be healed by a deeper understanding of our history.

"We need to free ourselves so that we can manifest that true love and kindness and compassion that's necessary to heal the wounds," said said Phil Lane, Jr., United Indians of All Tribes Foundation.

But in the mean time, how about restoring the ancestral monopoly on slot machines for all of this nation's Casino-American population? That might ease some 500 year old pain.


That last part may not be a direct quote.

An image of the original school district letter is here.

H/T Orbusmax


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