As Americans enjoy their Thanksgiving feasts — a commemoration for the commonly believed "First Thanksgiving" between the Pilgrims and Native Americans — there's one tweet that serves as a reminder why this Thanksgiving holds a special meaning.
John Pavlovitz, a blogger and pastor with a penchant for calling out injustices, explained the reality of this year's Thanksgiving in one perfect tweet on Wednesday:
For several weeks now, Native Americans and allies have been peacefully protesting the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.
The situation escalated over the weekend when, according to The Washington Post, police doused about 400 protesters with water cannons in freezing weather. Law enforcement reportedly also used tear gas, rubber bullets and concussion grenades. Over 160 protesters were reported injured.
"I'm a prisoner of war in my own land," Frank Sanchez, a delegate from the Yankton Sioux Tribe, told The Huffington Post. "That's the only way I can see it. We have the right to hunt, fish and gather, as we always did, but all the barbed wire fences and posts to 'Keep out' have to come down so we can continue living the way we've always lived."
Many people — including more than 50 students, professors and others from Colorado's Fort Lewis College — are showing their solidarity with the Native Americans at Standing Rock by joining them for protests on Thanksgiving.
If you can't make it to Standing Rock to help the protesters this Thanksgiving, there are many ways that you can lend your support by donating funds to the protesters or by calling government officials on their behalf.
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