Reflecting on Colonization this Thanks-taking Day


Today is always a complicated day for me and I hope you will join me for a moment of reflection. As you may know, I am Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne from the Pine Ridge and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations. As a Native American woman, today is not a day of giving thanks. Most of us who were educated in Western schools were taught that today acknowledges the “Native Americans” saving the lives of the “Pilgrims,” by teaching them how to garden and hunt. They then supposedly shared a meal together, which was the predecessor of the Thanksgiving meal most Americans share today.

That is not what happened and that is not what today represents for me. Today is instead a painful reminder that the colonization, militarization, attempted genocide of my people is ongoing. It marks the beginning of a season of remembering the numerous massacres that Native Peoples have faced since contact. Today I remember the Wampanoag People who shared their Indigenous Ecological Knowledge with desperate Pilgrims only to be massacred by them. The U.S. military has always attacked my Peoples in the winter because those are the months when we are at our most vulnerable.

The Sand Creek Massacre, the Dakota 38 +2 Hangings, the Wounded Knee Massacre and the Fort Robinson Outbreak are just a few atrocities that impact me directly. I descend from survivors of the Wounded Knee Massacre, where 20 Medals of Honor were awarded to the US Soldiers responsible for murdering hundreds of women, children and elderly.

The colonization and militarization of this land established the roots of oppression that have rippled out since in the forms of U.S. imperialism and interventionism. From kidnapping children from their parents at the border to the removal of Palestinians from their lands- the violence that the United States military is presently unleashing around the world continues to be patterned from the colonization of Turtle Island and her original stewards.

And yet all over the world the People are rising up and taking the streets to counter the spread of fascism. So, we must continue to uphold the voices of those most impacted by war and US intervention. We must continue to deepen our understanding of organizing and direct action. We must continue to strengthen our relationships with our allies and coalition partners. We must continue to leverage our privilege and experiences as veterans.

And we must do this while staying grounded in our understanding of the impacts of militarism on Turtle Island and journeying down the road to decolonization. About Face: Veterans Against the War has been a community of healing and support for me, that has been transformational. It has been a safe space to have the tough conversations about war, colonization, tokenization, appropriation, imperialism and the impacts of all of these on us as human beings.

I invite you to join us in our commitment to not just use the word decolonization in our work, but to embody it with our daily actions and organizational practices. If you need a place to start, kick off your 2020 right and sign up for the FREE online course we are hosting in January! This inaugural (*cough* pilot) DecolonizeU class titled “Militarism on Turtle Island” is open to anyone who registers. For three weeks will study the historic and ongoing relationship between indigenous resistance and the militarization of North America through selected readings and live webinars featuring indigenous guests speakers.
Learn more and register HERE!

Lastly, we hope you will support our ability to keep doing this work by donating here this #GivingTuesday and asking a handful of friends and family to do the same.


Krystal Two Bulls
Director of Special Projects
About Face: Veterans Against the War

354 responses to “Reflecting on Colonization this Thanks-taking Day

  1. Pingback: Keto Diet Pills
  2. Pingback: Legal Steroids
  3. Pingback: thesis express
  4. Pingback: generic cialis
  5. Pingback: tadalafil online
  6. Pingback: viagra online
  7. Pingback: viagra dosage
  8. Pingback: Shallaki
  9. Pingback: viagra
  10. Pingback: teva viagra cost
  11. Pingback: 20mg cialis
  12. Pingback: herbal viagra
  13. Pingback: dog on viagra
  14. Pingback: cialis c20
  15. Pingback: cialis nova scotia
  16. Pingback: cialis in europe
  17. Pingback: zktkwqxw
  18. Pingback: celecoxib 50 mg
  19. Pingback: buy cialis ebay
  20. Pingback: buy cialis
  21. Pingback: buy viagra
  22. Pingback: cialis in europe
  23. Pingback: comprar viagra
  24. Pingback: albuterol 83
  25. Pingback: viagra coupon
  26. Pingback: levitra 20mg
  27. Pingback: sildenafil 100 mg
  28. Pingback: viagra accident
  29. Pingback: clomid vs nolvadex
  30. Pingback: coupons for viagra
  31. Pingback: price of viagra
  32. Pingback: viagra patent
  33. Pingback: diflucan half life
  34. Pingback: accidental viagra
  35. Pingback: son takes viagra
  36. Pingback: viagra coupons
  37. Pingback:
  38. Pingback: cialisprofessional
  39. Pingback: us generic viagra
  40. Pingback: viagra working
  41. Pingback: cialis vi
  42. Pingback: viagra bangkok
  43. Pingback: metformin fda
  44. Pingback: cialis (lillys)
  45. Pingback: cost for tadalafil
  46. Pingback: cialis 30 mg price
  47. Pingback: cialis otc date
  48. Pingback: Malegra DXT
  49. Pingback: low cost cialis
  50. Pingback: tretinoin amazon
  51. Pingback: tinder cliches
  52. Pingback: 20mg low price
  53. Pingback: 20mg low price
  54. Pingback: original cialis uk
  55. Pingback: cialis 20mg dosage
  56. Pingback: viagra paypal
  57. Pingback: viagra by phone
  58. Pingback: viamedic cialis
  59. Pingback: rx pharmacy viagra
  60. Pingback:
  61. Pingback: amlodipine 10 mg
  62. Pingback: meloxicam
  63. Pingback: metoprolol tart
  64. Pingback: losartan 100 mg
  65. Pingback: natural viagra
  66. Pingback: duloxetine 60 mg
  67. Pingback: amitriptyline
  68. Pingback: bupropion sr
  69. Pingback: celexa
  70. Pingback: wellbutrin dosage
  71. Pingback: diclofenac pill
  72. Pingback: brand name cialis
  73. Pingback: viagra pills
  74. Pingback: cialis black brand
  75. Pingback: sildenafil 50mg
  76. Pingback: amoxicillin 500mg
  77. Pingback: what is aricept
  78. Pingback: cephalexin dosage
  79. Pingback: clindamycin cream
  80. Pingback: cialis pills price
  81. Pingback: cialis at walmart
  82. Pingback: cialis pills uk
  83. Pingback: levitra walmart
  84. Pingback: viagra script
  85. Pingback: walmart viagra
  86. Pingback: viagra expiration
  87. Pingback: otc viagra walmart
  88. Pingback: amlodipine 10mg
  89. Pingback: levitra 100
  90. Pingback: on line cialis
  91. Pingback: lasix 20 mg tablet
  92. Pingback: orlistat
  93. Pingback: priligy uk
  94. Pingback: clomid cream
  95. Pingback: motilium 10mg buy
  96. Pingback: cialis from mexico
  97. Pingback: 360 viagra
  98. Pingback: siluman seo
  99. Pingback: whats viagra
  100. Pingback:
  101. Pingback: ivermectil rx
  102. Pingback: acyclovir mujica
  103. Pingback: stromectol 600 mg
  104. Pingback: lyrica canada
  105. Pingback: is cymbalta safe
  106. Pingback: zoloft 100mg
  107. Pingback: lexapro 50 mg
  108. Pingback: ivermectin 875
  109. Pingback: cymbalta fibro
  110. Pingback: 1
  111. Pingback: stromectol with
  112. Pingback: propecia pret
  113. Pingback: cialis rx cost
  114. Pingback: cdc ivermectin
  115. Pingback: z pack en español
  116. Pingback: proair ventolin
Comments are closed.


Apply for Membership

Membership is open to anybody who has served in the military since September 11th, 2001.

To become a member of About Face: Veterans Against the War, valid proof of service is required.

attach_money Donate