Day of Mourning is celebrated on the second Sunday in November in the United States. It is observed alongside Thanksgiving, but its purpose is to honor the Native Americans who suffered from colonization. The United States has a long history, which includes various events, such as the struggle for survival of the ancestors who inhabited these lands.
The Day of Mourning holiday was created by the UAINE (United American Indians of New England). The organization is led by indigenous peoples who talk about the genocide of their nation, challenge distorted historical data, and fight for the rights and freedom of political prisoners.
Since 1970, indigenous peoples have been gathering in Plymouth, Massachusetts – the place where the first pilgrims landed and established a colony in 1620. UAINE emphasizes that this was not a mutual agreement between pilgrims and locals, but instead, sexism, racism, and a class system were imposed on the lands.
At noon, marches take place in Plymouth targeting historic districts. The holiday is open to everyone and anyone can take part, although only native speakers are allowed to give speeches. Over the years, the movement has grown significantly and has highlighted the importance of unmasking those who are silent about the truth.
- UANIE did not need permission to march, but the organization contacted local authorities in 1998, and verbal consent was their response.
- The first incident happened in 1997, during the protests – the state guard used force to disperse people.
- Native Americans mourn the genocide of their people and the theft of their land.
How to take part
To take part in the Day of Mourning, learn more about the UAINE organization and the work activists are doing to improve the treatment of Native Americans. If possible, attend the event and observe the meetings. Tell your friends about this day to spread awareness about the history of those years.
When is Day of Mourning celebrated in 2023?
Day of Mourning is observed on the second Sunday of November each year.