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DC Public Schools offers guidance on ‘decolonizing’ Thanksgiving

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DC Public Schools offers guidance on ‘decolonizing’ Thanksgiving

Jeremiah Poff November 24, 05:08 PMNovember 24, 05:08 PM

A letter sent to the District of Columbia Public Schools community offers resources on “decolonizing your Thanksgiving,” including by making a “land acknowledgement” during dinner.

The letter was sent on Nov. 18 by Lewis Ferebee, the chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, and begins as a letter of thanks to the D.C. public school community for working hard to ensure the capital’s schools could reopen properly.

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But after expressing gratitude “for the hard work of all our staff, and the support of our families” and imploring those eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, Ferebee says Thanksgiving is “a day that can be difficult for many to celebrate as we reflect on the history of the holiday and the horrors inflicted on our indigenous populations.”

“If you celebrate, our Equity team has shared resources for how you can consider decolonizing your Thanksgiving,” Ferebee wrote.

“If you host a Thanksgiving meal, consider doing a land acknowledgement,” he continued, linking to a government website that provides instructions on how to make an “Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Statement.”

In addition to recommending two books on Native Americans, Ferebee also linked to two websites that provide different steps for “decolonizing” Thanksgiving, such as eating Native American dishes for dinner or calling your congressional representative to advocate on behalf of a tribe’s reservation.

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Ferebee did not respond to a request for comment.

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