Day of Mourning is celebrated on the second Sunday in November in the United States. It coincides with Thanksgiving, but its purpose is to honor the Native Americans who suffered from colonization. The USA has a huge history, which is full of various events. Of them, you cannot throw out the struggle for the survival of the ancestors who inhabit these lands.
The holiday was created by the UANIE (United American Indians of New England). The organization is led by indigenous peoples who talk about the genocide of the nation, facts that distort historical data, fight for the rights and freedom of political prisoners.
Since 1970, indigenous peoples have been coming together in Massachusetts, Plymouth. It was in this place that the first pilgrims landed and founded a colony in 1620. UANIE proves that this was not an agreement between pilgrims and locals, on the contrary, sexism, racism, a class system was introduced on the lands …
There are marches in Plymouth at noon targeting historic districts. The holiday is open to everyone: anyone can come and take part in it, but only native speakers are allowed to give a speech. Over the years, the movement has grown exponentially and has shown many how hard it is to unmask those who are silent about the truth.
- UANIE did not require permission to march, but the organization contacted local authorities in 1998. The answer was verbal consent;
- the first fact is rather connected with the events of 1997 – during the protests, the state guard used force to disperse people;
- Native Americans mourn the genocide of the people and the theft of land.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the UANIE organization. Activists are doing a great job to improve the treatment of Native Americans. If possible, attend the event and observe the meetings. Tell your friends about this day so that as many people as possible learn about the history of those years.
When is Day of Mourning celebrated in 2022?
Day of Mourning is observed on the second Sunday of November each year.