The Thanksgiving fairytale is so pervasive that people across the country blindly teach and celebrate a 400-year-old mythic “friendship” between the pilgrims and Indians while turning their backs on real and systemic violence happening now to Native people and allies at the hands of authorities protecting oil interests over the interests of future generations of water drinkers. Forget Plymouth Rock. Stand with Standing Rock.
-Mniconjou Lakota journalist and citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Taté Walker
My friend Sincere Kirabo has a pithy piece up at The Humanist about the myths surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. The money quote:
After all, the Dakota Access pipeline is being rerouted through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land due to Bismarck residents’ fear of potential harm to drinking water. Natives are now being forced to endure the desecration of sites sacred to them and be subject to ecological risks that neighboring white residents rejected, despite the pipeline directly violating the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie that states the land is reserved for “undisturbed use and occupation” of Native inhabitants.
Enjoy your potable drinking water this holiday, everyone!