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Thursday Is Annual 'Day of Mourning' for Native Americans

For 50th year, they will gather near Plymouth Rock
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 26, 2019 1:18 PM CST
At Plymouth Rock Thursday, a 'Day of Mourning'
In this Nov. 26, 1998, file photo, people gather in front of a statue of Massasoit in Plymouth, Mass., before a protest march to commemorate the annual National Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving Day.   (AP Photo/Neal Hamberg, File)

(Newser) – Native Americans are gathering for a 50th year in the seaside town where the Pilgrims settled—not to give thanks but to grieve, reports the AP. United American Indians of New England held its first National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Mass., in 1970. Since then, tribes have assembled at noon every Thanksgiving Day on a windswept hill overlooking Plymouth Rock. On Thursday, they'll recall what organizers describe as "the genocide of millions of native people, the theft of native lands and the relentless assault on native culture." Co-leader Mahtowin Munro says the group is determined to get Americans to look beyond the Thanksgiving myth of European settlers and native people coexisting peacefully. Next year, Plymouth marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' landing in 1620. (Read more Native Americans stories.)

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