As a Native American journalist, author and speaker, I have been asked this question so many times this year.
Here are my thoughts and responses regarding this holiday.
Let me first say it is possible to both celebrate as well as remember.
First - the history re: #Thanksgiving
In 1621, Pilgrims celebrated a feast w/Wampanaog men, but it was not repeated in the years to follow. In 1636, a murdered white man was found in a boat & the Pequot were blamed. In retaliation, settlers burned Pequot villages. 100's died
Oct 2, 2021 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Hello Twitter family.
Right now I'm sitting at my father's bedside in an emergency room.
He has a fever (not likely COVID) He is elderly and sick. He also has dementia. He is 72.
It gives me a lot of pause and thoughts.
Can you please read and share this #thread about my father.
I think of the 54 years I have known my father. And I realize there is so much more I could have learned from him. So much I don't know about his life, his feelings about things.
There are things that I will never know. Things I never asked him.
These images I took at a @NFL game tailgate: do not honor me.
Notice in the above photo, I blurred the faces of the people wearing items that they feel represent the @Redskins.
I blurred their faces because I do not want them to be targeted, ridiculed, called names or simply disrespected.
In other words: I don't want them treated like me.
May 25, 2020 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
Today is #MemorialDay - the day in which we honor and remember those servicemen and servicewomen who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.
As a Native American former U.S. Army Lieutenant and enlisted soldier, I would like to express this honor in a #thread.
Lori Ann Piestewa, 23-years-old
Army Specialist Lori Piestewa (Hopi) was the first American servicewoman killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was also the first Hopi woman and the first Native American woman to die in combat in the service of the United States.
Apr 27, 2020 • 4 tweets • 5 min read
In this Zombie Apocalypse movie ... Native people are immune!
Just so you know, since many people are about to watch the #Oscars, there's a bit of Native history.
In 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather was asked to deliver a speech for Marlon Brando, who rejected his Oscar for best actor due to the mistreatment of Native Americans in Hollywood.
When Sacheen Littlefeather came to deliver the speech, Western actor John Wayne was held back by security because he was outraged by Littlefeather.
Feb 9, 2020 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
I have a question for #Parasite director Bong Joon Ho.
I am wondering about his choice of appropriating Native imagery.
I wonder if it was a purposeful message.
As a courtesy, if you have not seen Parasite, there are minor spoilers ahead in my #thread.
In #Parasite, there are two families, one is a poor family struggling to make ends meet, they resort to fraudulently posing as potential employees to get a job with a rich family.
The mother of the rich family buys everything Native-related for her young Boy Scout son.