For many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning

(CNN)As residents of Plymouth, Massachusetts, prepared for a dinner in 1970 to mark the Mayflower landing, a leader of the tribe that had feasted with the Pilgrims drafted a speech to deliver at the event. Wamsutta was asked to rewrite the speech, but he refused. “So, he withdrew,” Tall Oak said. As word spread of that outcome, so was born the National Day of Mourning, a sort of counter-commemoration that happens every fourth Thursday of November. Now in its 50th year, the custom involves a few hundred Native Americans and nonnative people gathering on Cole’s Hill, overlooking Plymouth Rock, to consider Thanksgiving from the perspective of Native Americans. A plaque at the site notes: “Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of …