Thanksgiving portrays stereotypes that some find offensive
"It's very painful," said Helen Rende, who is a Kahnawake Mohawk and vice president of Intertribal American Indians of New Jersey, (ITNJ), a group that is dedicated to educating the public about American Indian culture, and history. ITNJ provides programs for schools, corporations, universities and health-care organizations.
"They each have their own identities. But Thanksgiving kind of glosses over that and many of the horrific things that happened to the Native American people," she said. "Thanksgiving shows the Pilgrims and the Indians getting together. But it doesn't show what happened afterward when there was a lot of fighting with the Indians and Indians were massacred.
"The stereotypes are very painful for my friends. It discounts what the American Indians suffered within this country," she said.