In broad swathes of the United States, government policy towards Indian land has been to try to take as much of it away as possible. It could now be easier for tribes to reclaim and protect their land. We have to fight for every single inch.
The Thanksgiving myth makes light of Indigenous people’s very real historical traumas. It depicts the only authentic Indians as frozen in time at the moment of contact. It blinds Americans to the existence of Native people in modern times and to the ways Native people have resisted the colonial apocalypse for centuries.