Take a 3-Minute Vacation Right Now: "Thanksgiving: A Native American View"

People in every culture have celebrated the harvest for centuries. Here in the U.S. our harvest festival has complicated political nuances. We are grateful for the insightful and inspiring classic essay about why celebrates Thanksgiving by JacquelineA Keeler, a member of the Dineh Nation and the Yankton Dakota Sioux, who now works at the nonprofit American Indian Child Resource Center in Oakland, California. Read her short essay for a 3-minute vacation: Thanksgiving: A Native American View.

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  • I truly enjoyed reading this article. I found it to be both enlightening and disheartening. It is very important to view and teach different perspectives for historical events. We do a diservice to our children; morally, spiritually, and intellectually, if we deprive them of the "whole story". Truth must always prevail and reign supreme. If total disclosure and "truth" are not presented, then it one may conclude that it must be due to "shame" and "guilt". We can not be held accountable for the heinous acts of our ancestors, but we must be ever so careful not to duplicate their destructive acts. Peace & Blessings to the Native Americans who contributed such much to our civilization and who do not receive the recognition and respect that they truly deserve!

    Nov 18, 2009
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    Nov 18, 2011

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