For Native Americans, Changing the Narrative Around Thanksgiving is Personal

As thanksgiving creeps around the corner, millions of American schoolchildren are being taught about the first Thanksgiving. You know, when pilgrims arrived in Plymouth and shared a meal with Native Americans. But for many Native American children and their families, hearing this story year after year is a painful reminder of how their history has been erased.

Reporter Ashley Rodriguez spoke to Susan Fairchild, a member of the Coharie nation and Professor of Education and Director of the School of Education at Colorado State University, Shea Vassar, a member of the Cherokee nation, and a journalist and graduate student of legal studies and indigenous peoples law at the university of Oklahoma, and Amanda Funk, a member of the Potawatomi nation the executive director of Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge, about how they’re trying to change the narrative around Thanksgiving.