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With Thanksgiving upon us, stories will be told about how the Pilgrims came to America and the Native Americans helped them survive.

Native Americans are known for being a giving people, so the European invasion of America started peacefully, but eventually the so-called Christians who came to America decided that they could just take what they wanted. Never mind God's commandment against killing. The Native Americans stood in the way of “progress,” better known as profit.

Despite the fact that America is a huge country with plenty of room for many people, instead of trying to get along, the invading so-called Christians kept pushing the Native Americans west or just outright killed them. The invaders destroyed the lands that supported the Native American way of life and herded them onto reservations, usually located on what was considered worthless land. Since oil was found on the “worthless” reservations, the profit seekers have sought to gain access to them.

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I don't doubt that there are truly good Christians in America, but those who claim that we are a Christian nation are sadly mistaken. We are still mistreating Native Americans.

Even now we destroy sacred grounds and threaten their environment when we build our pipelines that leak, still in the pursuit of profit. We've taken away their voices by providing post office boxes instead of home addresses on reservations, claiming they can't vote without a valid address. This Thanksgiving we should reflect on how our nation committed genocide and resolve to make amends.

Ellen Wolcott, Charleston

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