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About the photo: Some American Indians consider Thanksgiving a day of mourning. Although many consider Thanksgiving a day for rejoicing, a dissenting view from some Native Americans holds that depictions of the "First Thanksgiving," with Pilgrims and natives celebrating the harvest in 1621, overlooks the long history of suffering, theft of lands, disease and wars that followed. This year, the day after Thanksgiving has been proclaimed as Native American Heritage Day.

American Indians reflect and mourn on Thanksgiving

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Prairie Rose Seminole's family once observed the traditional Thanksgiving celebration, including the obligatory turkey dinner and trimmings.

But after the Fargo woman began embracing her traditional Arikara and Lakota roots, Thanksgiving took on an aura that was more reflective than celebratory.

For many American Indians, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning, given the displacement from their lands and deaths from wars and disease that came in the wake of the Pilgrims.

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to letters@forumcomm.com
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