A Thanksgiving Activity: Remembering the History and Plight of Native Americans
To enjoy family and friends over a special meal, to go around the table encouraging everyone to share what they’re grateful for, to say a prayer for all that God has done—these are appropriate Thanksgiving activities. Let’s do these things.
But equally appropriate would be to remember the history and ongoing plight of First Nations people, or Native Americans, who endured nothing but paper treaties, broken promises, genocide, and cultural marginalization after that first meal. I don’t know if I have ever been a part of a Thanksgiving celebration that includes lament and repentance, but are these not foundational to a truly grateful heart? And then let’s follow these up with a commitment to leading lives of peace and justice and to educating ourselves on the ongoing plight of the people who first occupied this land.