As this week carries us into the American tradition of Thanksgiving, it is important for us to be mindful of and acknowledge the falsified histories and continuing harm of colonialism. If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, begin your family meals with a land acknowledgement.
For example: “We would like to acknowledge that we are uninvited guests enjoying this meal on the land of the Wiyot People, who have tended the land since time immemorial. Let us include the Wiyot and this land in our gratitudes on this day.”
Yet without accountability, there is no real acknowledgement. Point your family members toward local resources to support the tribe who’s land you’re on. In Arcata, we have www.honortax.org which was developed by the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development of Humboldt County on behalf of the Wiyot Tribe.
“The Honor Tax is a way of recognizing and respecting the sovereignty of Native Nations, and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples… This is a “tax” out of respect for Native Sovereignty – rather than a gift or donation. We all live on traditional Native homelands.” – from the Honor Tax website
The Honor Tax goes to the Tribe’s general fund and supports economic and community development and tribal initiatives.
Enjoy your week and know that the NEC is grateful for all of our followers and supporters!