National Day of Mourning

The anger and frustration of Native indigenous peoples had led us to listen to and learn from Frank James, founder of the National Day of Mourning. Each year in the summer I made sure that our CCI interns traveled with me to the Cape to meet with Frank, hear his story, and learn from his wisdom and spirit. Most years since its beginning, friends and I have gone to Plymouth to join in the National Day of Mourning. There began my introduction to native sovereignty struggles and an understanding of the way racism has functioned in the abominable history of the United States’ treatment of the indigenous, as well as the continuing problems of native people in our urban setting.

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