1,200 American Indians & Allies Rally at Plymouth Rock on National Day of Mourning

Wamponoag elder, Bert Waters (front left) led the march

Wampanoag elder, Bert Waters (front left) led the march

Day of Mourning is dedicated to Leonard Peltier

Published November 29, 2015

PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS — Each year since 1970, a group of American Indians and their allies have gathered on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day to commemorate a National Day of Mourning, as a means to promote a reminder of genocide committed against millions of indigenous peoples in North America.

On Thursday, November 26, 2015, some 1,200 gathered for the 46th National Day of Mourning. They marched to the streets of Plymouth and held a rally at Plymouth Rock.

Event is dedicated to Leonard Peltier

Event is dedicated to Leonard Peltier

Organizers dedicate the Day of Mourning to Leonard Peltier, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, who has been incarcerated for almost 40 years. He is currently imprisoned at the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida, for his 1977 conviction in connection with a shootout with U.S. government forces, where two FBI agents and one young American Indian lost their lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at Oglala.

Street view

Wampanoag elder, Bert Waters, read Peltier’s 2015 statement that was released on the National Day of Mourning.

After the march and rally, attendees enjoyed a potluck dinner.

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