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  • Title: United American Indians of New England
    Descriptive info: .. Welcome to the home page of United American Indians of New England! Click.. here.. for noframes version..

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  • Title: UAINE Table of Contents
    Descriptive info: UAINE.. The greatest single acts of terrorism to date were not perpetrated by.. Osama bin Laden, but by the US military when it dropped atomic bombs.. on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.. Speech by.. Moonanum James.. 32nd National Day of Mourning, 2001.. The International Office of the.. Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.. Speech by Moonanum James at 30th National Day of Mourning, Nov 25, 1999.. Speech by Moonanum James at 29th National Day of Mourning, Nov 26, 1998.. Statement of Leonard Peltier to National Day of Mourning,  ...   updates to.. "Free Mumia".. UAINE Bulletin:.. October 19, 1998 Statement of UAINE on the dropping of charges against Plymouth defendants and settlement with Plymouth.. Settlement Highlights.. Text of Settlement.. Text of Plaques on Cole's Hill and in Post Office Square, Plymouth.. Suppressed.. 1970 Speech of.. Wamsutta.. (Frank B.. ).. James, Wampanoag.. Thanksgiving:.. A National Day of.. Mourning for Indians.. -- by Moonanum James.. and Mahtowin Munro.. Mumia, Leonard, Mascots.. Join the.. UAINE mailing/.. email list.. 284 Amory St.. Jamaica Plain, MA.. 02130.. (617) 232-5135.. email:.. info@uaine.. org.. Home..

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  • Title: United American Indians of New England (UAINE)
    Descriptive info: U A I N E.. United American Indians of New England.. Be there!.. National Day of Mourning 2013.. Free Leonard Peltier!.. Letter from Leonard Peltier on the 28th year.. (Feb.. 6, 2004) of his incarceration.. 44th.. National Day.. of Mourning.. Nov.. 28, 2013.. 12:00 noon.. Coles Hill Plymouth, MA.. Download:.. 2013 National Day of Mourning Flyer.. 2013 National Day of Mourning Orientation.. View 2013 National Day of Mourning Orientation.. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:.. Looking ahead to November 2013: Would you or your friends like to help prepare dinner for National Day of Mourning? The volunteer kitchen crew needs help several days in advance, as well as during the events, and for set-up and clean-up.. You don't have to miss the rally and march.. It's a great way for newbies and solidarity folks to learn about or lend a hand at NDOM.. Thanks for passing along this message.. Email to info@uaine.. org.. We will have a.. pot luck social.. following National Day of Mourning rally and march.. Please bring juices, desserts and side dishes.. Don t bring food that still has to be cooked, but we can warm up cooked food.. Drop off food at the downstairs social hall at First Parish in Plymouth UU church in the morning before you go to rally at noon on November 28.. Statement from behind the prison walls.. written by Leonard Peltier for the occasion of the 33rd National Day of Mourning 2002.. Sam Sapiel Presente!.. A Letter from Leonard Peltier to Mumia Abu-Jamal.. Wa.. msutta Frank James, Presente!.. United American Indians of.. New England.. We Are Not Vanishing.. We Are Not Conquered.. We Are As Strong As Ever.. BACKGROUND INFORMATION:.. Who we are:.. UAINE is a Native-led organization of Native people and our supporters who fight back against racism and for the freedom of Leonard Peltier and other political prisoners.. We support Indigenous struggles, not only in New England but throughout the Americas.. Seventh Cavalry's 'glorious' history.. Their first massacre was in 1868.. By Mahtowin - April 10, 2004.. Since the U.. S.. invasion of Iraq, the big business media has made much of the spearhead role of the Seventh Cavalry.. 'Rich in glory and agony,' read the New York Times' headline about its history.. The 'agony' refers to the 1876 defeat of the Seventh Cavalry and its commander, Col.. George Armstrong Custer, at Little Big Horn by combined Lakota and Cheyenne forces.. Here, a Seventh Cavalry officer surveys the massacre scene three days following the Dec.. 29, 1890, U.. genocidal attack on the Lakota nation, led by Big Foot of the Hunkpapa Lakota, at Wounded Knee, Pine Ridge.. We fight back on such issues as the racism of the Pilgrim mythology perpetuated in Plymouth and the U.. government's assault on poor people.. We protest the use of racist team names and mascots in sports.. We speak to classes in schools and universities about current issues in the Native struggle.. Indigenous people from North, Central or South America who live in New England and who agree with what we are trying to do are welcome to join with us.. We also welcome the support of non-Native people from the four directions.. We believe very strongly that we must support others in struggle, particularly other communities of color, the lesbian and gay community, and the disabled community.. UAINE and money:.. UAINE is a self-supporting organization that receives no funding from any government agency.. We rely on those who support us in our struggle for the funds needed to continue to fight that struggle.. Any moneys we receive from our participation in any program or our speaking engagements or from any other contributions go right into the UAINE coffers.. We do not have paid staffers.. In other words, no one is using UAINE as a means of making a living.. UAINE and the history of National Day of Mourning:.. In 1970, United American Indians of New England declared US Thanksgiving Day  ...   land any more than Columbus "discovered" anything.. Every inch of this land is Indian land.. The pilgrims (who did not even call themselves pilgrims) did not come here seeking religious freedom; they already had that in Holland.. They came here as part of a commercial venture.. They introduced sexism, racism, anti-lesbian and gay bigotry, jails, and the class system to these shores.. One of the very first things they did when they arrived on Cape Cod -- before they even made it to Plymouth -- was to rob Wampanoag graves at Corn Hill and steal as much of the Indians' winter provisions as they were able to carry.. They were no better than any other group of Europeans when it came to their treatment of the Indigenous peoples here.. And no, they did not even land at that sacred shrine down the hill called Plymouth Rock, a monument to racism and oppression which we are proud to say we buried in 1995.. The first official "Day of Thanksgiving" was proclaimed in 1637 by Governor Winthrop.. He did so to celebrate the safe return of men from Massachusetts who had gone to Mystic, Connecticut to participate in the massacre of over 700 Pequot women, children, and men.. About the only true thing in the whole mythology is that these pitiful European strangers would not have survived their first several years in "New England" were it not for the aid of Wampanoag people.. What Native people got in return for this help was genocide, theft of our lands, and never-ending repression.. But back in 1970, the organizers of the fancy state dinner told Wamsutta he could not speak that truth.. They would let him speak only if he agreed to deliver a speech that they would provide.. Wamsutta refused to have words put into his mouth.. Instead of speaking at the dinner, he and many hundreds of other Native people and our supporters from throughout the Americas gathered in Plymouth and observed the first National Day of Mourning.. United American Indians of New England have returned to Plymouth every year since to demonstrate against the Pilgrim mythology.. On that first Day of Mourning back in 1970, Plymouth Rock was buried not once, but twice.. The Mayflower was boarded and the Union Jack was torn from the mast and replaced with the flag that had flown over liberated Alcatraz Island.. The roots of National Day of Mourning have always been firmly embedded in the soil of militant protest.. For More Information Contact.. United American Indians of New England/LPSG.. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.. Phone: (617) 286-6574.. E-mail:.. Website:.. http://www.. uaine.. click image for larger, readable view.. of Coles Hill plaque.. photo: nicole s.. A National Day of Mourning for Indians.. by.. Mahtowin Munro and Moonanum James.. Speech by.. at 32nd National Day of Mourning.. November 22, 2001.. Text of Plaques Placed on Cole's Hill Commemorating National Day of Mourning and in Plymouth's Post Office Square Commemorating Metacomet (King Phillip).. Announcing the.. Metacom Education Project.. Suppressed 1970 Speech of.. Wamsutta (Frank B.. ) James.. , Wampanoag.. Statement of.. Leonard Peltier.. to National Day of Mourning.. 26, 1998 Plymouth, Mass.. Mumia Abu-Jamal.. to National Day of Mourning '98.. UAINE Bulletin:.. October 19, 1998 Statement of United American Indians of New England on the dropping of charges against Plymouth defendants and settlement with Plymouth.. Text of Plaques Being Placed on Cole's Hill Commemorating National Day of Mourning and in Plymouth's Post Office Square Commemorating Metacomet (King Phillip).. Action Alerts and Info.. Links.. Leonard Peltier.. Important current issues concerning.. Leonard Peltier's case.. Chiapas links: Official EZLN site, in English and Spanish.. International Friends and Family of Mumia.. Millions4Mumia.. International Action Center - Boston.. International Action Center - National Office.. AntiWar For the Million Worker March.. Racist team names Mascots.. Committee of 500 Years of.. Dignity and Resistance in Cleveland.. Sign Up for UAINE's mailing / email list.. Contact UAINE:.. Phone (617) 286-6574..

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    Descriptive info: Speech by Moonanum James.. Moonanum James at National Day of Mourning 2001.. photo: cemile cakir.. Sisters and Brothers:.. We wish to dedicate this day to Wamsutta Frank James, who passed into the spirit world in February of this year, and who was a man of tremendous courage and wisdom.. We also wish to dedicate today to our brother Leonard Peltier, who still waits for justice in the iron cage called Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.. Today marks the 32nd time that United American Indians of New England and our supporters have gathered on this hill to observe a National Day of Mourning.. Unfortunately, many of those who organized that first Day of Mourning are with us today in spirit only.. At this time I would like to recognize those here today who were at the first Day of Mourning (Shirley Mills, Lone Eagless, Clint Wixon, etc.. In 1970, United American Indians of New England declared the US thanksgiving holiday to be a National Day of Mourning.. Wamsutta Frank James, an Aquinnah Wampanoag man, had been asked to speak at a fancy Commonwealth of Massachusetts banquet celebrating the 350th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims.. The organizers of the dinner asked for a copy of the speech he planned to deliver.. Within days Wamsutta was told by a representative of the Massachusetts Department of Commerce and Development that he would not be allowed to give the speech.. The reason given was that,.. What they were really saying was that in this society, the truth is out of place.. What was it about the speech that got those officials so upset? Wamsutta used as a basis for his remarks one of their own history books - a Pilgrim s account of their first year on Indian land.. The book tells of the opening of my ancestor s graves, taking our corn and bean supplies, and of the selling of my ancestors as slaves for 220 shillings each.. Wamsutta was going to tell the truth.. But the organizers of the fancy state dinner told.. Wamsutta that they would let him speak only if he agreed to deliver a sugar-coated speech that they would provide.. National Day of Mourning 2001.. That first Day of Mourning was a powerful demonstration of Native unity.. Today is a powerful demonstration of not only Native unity, but of the unity of all people who want the truth to be told and want to see an end to the oppressive system brought to these shores by the Pilgrim invaders.. Those who started National Day of Mourning could not have envisioned that we would still be here, year after year, carrying on this new tradition.. I am sad to report that the conditions which prevailed in Indian Country in 1970 still prevail today.. We continue to demand an end to the corrupt Bureau of Indian Affairs.. This was a demand back in 1970 and is still just as valid today.. When will Native nations be free to govern ourselves? And why has no one been prosecuted for the BIA's outright theft of hundreds of millions of dollars in trust money? How dare the corrupt bureaucrats of the BIA sit in judgment of.. who is Native and who is not? How dare they tell the Nipmuc and the Chinook and the Duwamish that they are somehow no longer real? Who are they to fail to recognize the Mashpee Wampanoag?.. Back in 1970,  ...   been virtually non-stop victims of terrorism.. I think of the slaughter of the Pequots at Mystic, Connecticut in 1637.. I think of US military massacres of peaceful Native people at Wounded Knee and Sand Creek and so many, many other places.. I think of the armed assault by the FBI on a peaceful encampment at Pine Ridge in the 1970s.. In fact, the very foundations of this powerful and wealthy country are the theft of our lands and slaughter of Native peoples and the kidnapping and enslavement of our African-American sisters and brothers.. And the US-assisted terrorism against Native peoples continues to this day in all too many countries in Central and South America.. Native people were also the first victims of bioterrorism in this country.. The illnesses that the Europeans brought devastated us.. Many villages right here in this area were laid waste by European diseases brought by trading ships before the pilgrims arrived.. But this destruction was not merely a biological accident.. We know that smallpox was often spread intentionally, by Lord Jeffrey Amherst and others who distributed smallpox-infected blankets to our ancestors.. Entire Native nations were wiped out as a result of this.. I think that every Native person who is standing here today is a survivor of smallpox.. When I was in the Navy, I was stationed for many years in Japan.. And one thing I know from living there: the greatest single acts of terrorism to date were not perpetrated by Osama bin Laden, but by the US military when it dropped atomic bombs on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.. A large number of our Native people are veterans and have family members in the armed services.. My oldest son, Wamsutta s grandson, is in the army.. I pray today that no more daughters, or sons, mothers, or fathers, will be called upon to put on a uniform and go to war.. Many of our great leaders were people of peace.. Blackhawk once observed, Why is it that you Americans always insist on taking with a gun what you could have through love? We remember the teachings of peace and pray today that the cycles of violence and destruction will end.. By continuing the cycle of violence, the US will continue to be the most despised country in many parts of the world, and the common people here and abroad will be the ones who suffer.. We must continue to pray for justice and world peace.. And we express our grave concern that, as political repression increases in this country, prison conditions will get even worse for our brother Leonard Peltier and for the other political prisoners such as Mumia Abu Jamal.. These are indeed difficult times.. But our ancestors and our traditions will give us the strength that we need.. Always we must remember that we shall endure.. A handful of us somehow managed to survive Columbus, and the conquistadores, and the pilgrims, and the French, and all the other invaders.. Beautiful Native youth: remember what your ancestors went through to bring you here.. We are like the dirt, like the sand, like the tides.. We shall endure.. The struggle will continue.. In the spirit of Crazy Horse, in the spirit of Zapata, in the spirit of Metacom, in the spirit of Anna Mae Aquash, in the spirit of Geronimo.. We are not vanishing.. We are not conquered.. We are as strong as ever..

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  • Title: Speech by Moonanum James at 30th National Day of Mourning
    Descriptive info: Speech by Moonanum James, Co-Leader of United American Indians of New England, at 30th National Day of Mourning, Cole's Hill, Plymouth, Mass, Nov 25, 1999.. Day of Mourning 1999.. Good afternoon Sisters and Brothers:.. Today, as we have done each year since 1970, United American Indians of New England and our supporters have gathered here to protest and to speak out against the oppression of all people.. It is hard to believe that today marks the 30.. th.. time that we have gathered on this hill, in all kinds of weather, to speak the truth.. I wish I could say that we have always been welcomed here because we speak the truth.. Over the years, those who do not want the truth to come out have tried many times and in many ways to silence us.. Each and every year we have returned stronger and more determined than the year before.. Day of Mourning came into being in 1970 as a direct result of the state's need to keep the Pilgrim mythology alive.. Wamsutta Frank James had been invited to address a gathering of dignitaries commemorating the 350.. anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims.. Because his remarks did not fit the mythology, he was told that he could not give the speech he had written.. The state was more than willing to write a speech for him that would keep the lies alive.. He refused to have words placed in his mouth.. Instead of speaking to a group of dignitaries in the warmth of a banquet hall, he and a small group of Native Americans came here to Plymouth, stood in the cold, and declared US Thanksgiving Day a National Day of Mourning.. What was it about the speech that got those officials so upset?.. And no, they did not even land at that sacred shrine down the hill called Plymouth Rock, a monument to racism and oppression which we are proud to say we buried, not once, but twice in 1970 and again in 1995.. Upon first arriving, the pilgrims opened my ancestors' graves and took our corn and bean supplies.. Later, from the very harbor we can see from here, the English sold my ancestors as slaves for 220 shillings each.. Some would ask what we have gained by observing National Day of Mourning since 1970.. The very fact that you are here is perhaps our greatest gain.. We have brought together people from the four directions who have seen through the Pilgrim myth and want to join the struggle to destroy that mythology.. A few words of caution however.. The powers that be do not like to see us all come together in strength and unity.. It scares them.. We are like a hand.. If the fingers remain apart they  ...   Affairs.. As we speak today, many Native nations here in the Northeast, such as the Mashpee Wampanoag and the Nipmuc, are not even recognized as such by the federal government.. Who is this government of pilgrims to decide who is Indian or not? We will continue to protest as long as sports teams and schools continue to use racist team names and mascots.. We will continue to gather on this hill until the US military and corporations stop polluting our mother, the earth.. We will continue to stand here and protest until racism is made illegal.. We will not stop until the oppression of our Two-Spirited sisters and brothers is a thing of the past.. When homeless people have homes.. When immigrants from Central and South American are no longer hunted down.. When no person goes hungry or is left to die because they have no access to quality health care.. We will never stop coming to this place until police brutality no longer exists in communities of color.. We will stop protesting when our brothers Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu Jamal and all political prisoners are free.. Until then, the struggle will continue.. Today, we will correct some history and do so in a country that continues to glorify butchers such as Christopher Columbus, in a country that glorifies slave-owning presidents such as Washington and Jefferson and even carves their faces into the sacred Black Hills of the Lakota.. But we have a lot more to talk about than the pilgrims or what happened in the 1600s.. We will also be speaking today, as we have every year since 1970, about conditions in Indian country today.. We are here to unite people and to speak the truth.. On our program will be only Native speakers.. This is one day when we speak for ourselves, without non-Native people, so-called experts, intervening to interpret and speak for us.. We are more than capable of speaking for ourselves.. Today, for a few hours, we are gathered here in liberated territory.. Our very presence frees this land from the lies of the history books, the profiteers, and the mythmakers.. We will remember and honor all of our ancestors in struggle who went before us.. We will speak truth to power.. We will remember in particular all of our sisters and brothers, including Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu Jamal, who are caged in the iron houses.. In 1970 very few people would have given any thought to the fact that the indigenous people of this hemisphere do not look upon the arrival of the European invaders as a reason to give thanks.. Today, many thousands stand with us in spirit as we commemorate our 30.. annual National Day of Mourning.. In The Spirit of Metacom: We are not vanishing..

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    Descriptive info: Speech by Moonanum James, Co-Leader of United American Indians of New England.. at the 29th National Day of Mourning, November 26, 1998.. On October 19th of this year, a little over 30 days ago, United American Indians of New England and the Town of Plymouth signed a most historically significant document.. Under the terms of this settlement agreement, the frame-up charges against 25 of us from last year were dropped.. Plymouth has provided funds for a Native educational project and also for two historical plaques in town, one here on Cole's Hill and one in Post Office Square, that will have factual information about National Day of Mourning and about the true history of the pilgrim invasion.. Finally, Plymouth has recognized our right to have National Day of Mourning here every year and to march in Plymouth without a permit.. This settlement with Plymouth marks the first time since 1620 that the pilgrims have been forced to stop taking and start giving something back to the Native people.. This victory was made possible because of the support of people from not only this area but from across the country and around the world.. Countless thousands of people signed petitions, sent faxes, made telephone calls, and wrote letters supporting our struggle for justice.. Also key was the support and sacrifice of the Plymouth 25 themselves, the 25 people, from the four directions, who were arrested last year for the supposed crime of supporting our struggle.. Many of the Plymouth 25 are here today, and we want to acknowledge them and recognize them as heroes in the people's struggle.. I will not now recount the events that took place on National Day of Mourning 1997.. Those who witnessed what happened to us at the hands of the combined forces of the state will long remember what happened.. For Native people it was just one more incident in a long history of our mistreatment at the hands of the European invaders.. We have not forgotten, we well remember, the long, bloody trail of European conquest that led from early settlements like Plymouth to places like Great Swamp, Sand Creek, and Wounded Knee.. National Day of Mourning began in this manner: Nearly 30 years ago a Wampanoag man, Wamsutta Frank James, was invited to address a gathering of so-called dignitaries celebrating the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims.. When he attempted to tell the truth, he was told his words were not acceptable.. The planners of the gathering, fearing the truth, told him he could speak only if he were willing to speak false words in praise of the white man.. He refused.. National Day of Mourning came into being as a result of his refusal  ...   people do not give thanks just one day a year.. Every day, we thank the Creator for this beautiful earth and for our survival.. But we will not give thanks for the European invasion of our country.. We will not celebrate the theft of our lands and the genocide of our people.. We will not sing and dance to please the tourists who come here seeking a Disneyland version of history.. Attention all tourists: If you are expecting us to put on a show, you would be better advised to go down to Plymouth Rock and watch the tide wash over it.. That first Day of Mourning back in 1970 was a powerful demonstration of Native unity.. Today is a powerful demonstration of not only Native unity, but of the unity of all people from the Four Directions who want the truth to be told and want to see an end to the oppressive system brought to these shores by the Pilgrim invaders.. There are those who feel threatened by the movement that we are building when we come together at National Day of Mourning.. There are those who would have us be good Indians and act like a conquered people and beg for the scraps from the Thanksgiving table.. But these attacks are merely spit in the winds of change.. Some ask us: Will you ever stop protesting? Some day we will stop protesting: We will stop protesting when the merchants of Plymouth are no longer making millions of dollars off the blood of our slaughtered ancestors.. We will stop protesting when we can act as sovereign nations on our own land without the interference of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and what Sitting Bull called the favorite ration chiefs.. When corporations stop polluting our mother, the earth.. When racism has been eradicated.. When the oppression of Two-Spirited people is a thing of the past.. We will stop protesting when homeless people have homes and no child goes to bed hungry.. When police brutality no longer exists in communities of color.. We will stop protesting when Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu Jamal and the Puerto Rican independentistas and all the political prisoners are free.. Today, we will correct some history and do so in a country that continues to glorify butchers such as Christopher Columbus, glorifies slave-owning presidents such as Washington and Jefferson and even carves their faces into the sacred Black Hills of the Lakota.. We will also be speaking today, as we have every year since 1970, about conditions in Indian country today, about the racism which we face on a daily basis.. We are here, as we have been for 28 years, to unite people and to speak the truth..

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    Descriptive info: THANKSGIVING DAY STATEMENT.. Greetings, Friends and Supporters.. Well, here we go with another holiday that America loves to celebrate, Thanksgiving Day.. I know this has been said numerous times by many Native people of this country, but it is just not a day for many of us to celebrate.. Although some things have improved on some reservations, there are an overwhelming number of us that have nothing to celebrate.. These are the people who still have my concern, my hope and my love that things will get better.. I'm talking about the people of Big Mountain, some of whom have already received their eviction notices.. It's about the Western Shoshone, about the people all over this continent who are fighting for their treaty rights and sovereignty.. It's about the people in Chiapas, the people in Central and South America who are being tortured and slaughtered every day.. It is about the people whose stories we do not hear.. The people who are resisting by simply surviving the third world conditions that they live under in the wealthiest nation on Earth.. As you gather today  ...   reach out to the youth and embrace and encourage them to follow in our footsteps in order to continue the struggle.. We are losing part of a generation of our young people to drugs and alcohol and consumerism.. My time on this Earth is rapidly passing by and the young people must step in mine and the shoes of others who have fought this long hard struggle.. I encourage and challenge you to educate yourself and your children in social concerns and the politics of the world.. We have to remember that only true unity of all people will allow us to be successful and victorious in effecting change.. I also want to thank all of you who continue to sacrifice and work for my freedom.. It is through your love and support that I make it through the hard times.. And there have been many and I'm sure more to come.. Before I end, I ask you to remember our teachings.. Thanksgiving is every day.. Wake up and thank the Creator for a new day every day.. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse..

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    Descriptive info: Message from Mumia Abu-Jamal to National Day of Mourning '98.. When one considers the historic holocaust waged against the original people of this continent, one wonders, not about a Day of Mourning, but about '500 years of Mourning; for it has been over 5 centuries since this continent was invaded by mercenaries seeking the land of 'El Dorada', the land of gold, riches, and natural abundance.. For Native peoples, the holocaust continues,  ...   ancestors.. That said, Thanksgiving, for the United American Indians of New England and millions of Native folks across the continent (as well as millions of friends and supporters of them) is hardly a day of celebration; for how do you celebrate a holocaust? If it were a real Thanksgiving , it would mark not white dominance of Indians, but Native Independence and true freedom in the land of their ancestors!.. On the Move!..

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    Descriptive info: October 19, 1998 Statement of United American Indians of New England.. We need not recount what happened on November 27, 1997, when 25 peaceful protesters were arrested in Plymouth, Massachusetts.. The events are well-documented, not only in pictures and words, but in the memories of those who experienced what took place on the streets of Plymouth.. Since then, UAINE has received thousands of letters of support and petitions.. People and organizations from across the country and from throughout the world sent letters, e-mails, and faxes to federal, state, and local officials demanding that the charges against the Plymouth 25 be dropped.. Many of these people honored our call for an economic boycott of Plymouth.. Supporters stood with us in court every time we were required to make an appearance and made sure that information about about our case was distributed internationally.. To each and every one of you who refused to look the other way when confronted by injustice, we say thank you, and we honor you.. We are pleased to announce that the frame-up criminal charges against those arrested on November 27, 1997 have been dropped as of today, October 19, 1998.. Further, United American Indians of New England has reached a settlement with the Town of Plymouth.. Plymouth has acknowledged our right to walk on our own land without a permit on National Day of Mourning.. Plymouth has agreed to make the truth part of its celebration of the pilgrim myth of thanksgiving.. Under the terms of this agreement, we will have a number of important opportunities to  ...   the Four Directions who were arrested with us last year, and who have stayed strong despite a lot of pressures.. We want to thank our elders for their wisdom and encouragement.. We also want to thank our lawyers, who have done a great and often thankless job.. They are: Michael Altman, Danny Beck, Dave Nathanson, John Reinstein, and Barry Wilson.. All who took part have written a new chapter in the struggle.. We note that the United States government made -- and then broke -- more than 350 treaties with Native nations.. We sincerely hope that Plymouth will not follow that example, and that it will honor its commitments in this agreement.. For our part, United American Indians of New England will follow the example of our ancestors.. We will honor our commitments.. Our organization was born out of struggle, and we will continue to demand justice for all Native people and freedom for our brother, political prisoner Leonard Peltier.. We very much look forward to the 29th National Day of Mourning this year, which will be held in Plymouth at 12 noon on thanksgiving day, November 26, 1998.. We expect that many hundreds of people will be coming to National Day of Mourning from all over the country.. As has been the case every year since 1970, Indigenous peoples from throughout the Americas and our supporters will gather to show our strength and unity, to speak the truth about our history as well as what is going on in many parts of Indian Country today.. We are STRONGER than ever..

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    Descriptive info: Settlement Highlights.. The right of the United American Indians of New England to demonstrate on Cole's Hill and to march in Plymouth on National Day of Mourning is recognized in perpetuity without the requirement of a permit.. All charges against the Plymouth 25 defendants are dropped.. Plymouth pays $100,000 to the Metacom Education Fund for education on the true history of Native people, pays $20,000 to  ...   and pays $15,000 for 2 plaques, one on Cole's Hill commemorating the National Day of Mourning and one in Plymouth's Post Office Square telling the history of Metacom, also known as King Philip, whose head was posted on a pike in that square for 25 years after he was killed by the English.. No payments will be made to any individuals as part of the settlement..

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    Descriptive info: Agreement Between the Town of Plymouth.. and the United American Indians of New England.. The Town of Plymouth (hereinafter "Plymouth") and the United American Indians of New England (hereinafter "UAINE") having reached an amicable resolution of their outstanding differences, hereby agree to the following terms:.. 1.. UAINE will be allowed to conduct a demonstration, which may include a march, between the hours of 12 p.. m.. and 3 p.. every Thanksgiving Day/Day of Mourning, beginning at Cole's Hill in the Town of Plymouth.. Plymouth will not require UAINE to apply for a permit from plymouth to conduct such demonstration and/or march.. 2.. UAINE agrees that it will give notice to PLYMOUTH of the route, time, and the approximate number of expected marchers on or before November 1 of any year in which the demonstration includes a march.. 3.. UAINE agrees that it will use its best efforts to maintain order for the demonstration and the march.. 4.. PLYMOUTH officials will work with UAINE so that preparatory activities for the noon assembly at Cole's Hill will be facilitated.. 5.. The Town Manager of Plymouth will serve as a liaison with UAINE for the purpose of facilitating Day of Mourning activities in 1998 and future years.. The parties agree to confer with each other regarding those activities.. 6.. The parties agree that after November 26, 1998, representatives of UAINE and the Town Manager of Plymouth will confer to discuss the activities of 1998 and the lessons learned from such activities.. 7.. UAINE agrees that they will publicize these agreements regarding the Day of Mourning through whatever means necessary, including UAINE and related web sites, and will urge peaceful participation in the 1998 demonstration.. 8.. PLYMOUTH is providing a letter from the Pilgrim Society dated September 14, 1998, regarding the Pilgrim Society's compliance with the Native Graves Protection and Restoration Act.. 9.. PLYMOUTH will use its best efforts with the Plymouth School Department and UAINE to locate one or more facilities where UAINE will be able to serve a meal for the Day of Mourning participants on November 26, 1998.. To the extent that a custodian or other school personnel are required to be present, PLYMOUTH will absorb the cost for November 26, 1998.. 10.. Plymouth agrees that it will ask the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to open Myles Standish Park for the use of Day of Mourning participants on November 26 and November 27, 1998, for the purpose of camping.. 11.. PLYMOUTH agrees that the National Day of Mourning will be listed as a formal event on all calendars that list official events of [the] Town of Plymouth.. 12.. PLYMOUTH agrees that Destination Plymouth will make available a UAINE brochure describing the National Day of Mourning which brochure will be produced by UAINE.. 13.. PLYMOUTH agrees to make available to UAINE its "showmobile" for use during the National Day of Mourning speeches.. If UAINE elects to use the "showmobile," the Town of  ...   to commemorate that the National Day of Mourning has been observed in Plymouth since 1970.. The PARTIES understand the language and placement of the plaque is subject to approval by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Historical Society and agree that PLYMOUTH will cooperate fully to obtain the approval.. The second plaque will be created for placement in Post Office Square in memory of King Philip.. If suitable placement for the plaque is on private or church property, PLYMOUTH will attempt to obtain approval from the property owners.. The proposed language for the plaque has been provided by UAINE.. and will be subject to approval by the Massachusetts Historical Society who will be asked to confirm the accuracy of the facts set forth in the plaque.. No higher level of accuracy for the ancient facts set forth on the plaque will be demanded than has been required for representations that are made in the Town of Plymouth with regard to Plymouth Rock and the traditional story by the Town of Plymouth about the rock and the early history of Plymouth.. 17.. The PARTIES understand that a substantial monument memorializing the deaths of Native Americans and located in the Town of Plymouth waterfront is being contemplated by the Commonwealth.. The Town Manager of Plymouth will periodically inquire of the D.. E.. M.. and will advise UAINE of the progress of the plans to build such a monument.. PLYMOUTH will also urge the state to consider the views of UAINE regarding the proposed artist and design of any such monument.. 18.. The PARTIES understand that PLYMOUTH is considering the exploration of sources of funding for a monument to Native Americans.. If PLYMOUTH is able to secure any such funding, it will include UAINE in a committee to advise with respect to the artist, design, and placement of such monument.. 19.. The General Star Insurance Company will donate $100,000.. 00 on or before October 27, 1998, to the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts for the Metacom Education Fund.. 20.. The General Star Insurance Company will donate $20,000.. 00 on or before October 27, 1998, to the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts.. 21.. UAINE agrees to provide Releases of any and all potential civil claims against the Town of Plymouth and other law enforcement agencies involved in the 1997 Day of Mourning incidents from all 23 individuals against whom criminal charges were pending as of October 16, 1998.. 22.. PLYMOUTH agrees to provide a Release to each individual described in the previous paragraph of any and all claims by the Town of Plymouth or its employees or agents against such individuals.. 23.. A copy of the resolution by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Plymouth to authorize its Town Manager to execute this agreement is hereto attached.. signed under the pains and penalties of perjury.. October 19, 1998.. Eleanor Beth for the Town of Plymouth.. Mahtowin Munro and Roland "Moonanum" James for UAINE..

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