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American Indian Movement of Colorado

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Thanksgiving Day Spiritual Fast

Colorado AIM will host a spiritual fast and rally for spiritual freedom for indigenous peoples on Thursday, November 24, from sunrise to sunset at the Colorado State Capitol (Colfax and Broadway in Denver).

The purpose of the fast is several fold: first, it is for us, as indigenous peoples, to remember that it is our tradition to give thanks every day, and not when the U.S. government tells us to do so; second, it is to take time to reflect on the contributions of our ancestors, and of the lessons that they passed to us; third, we remember all of our relations who gave their lives in the defense of our homeland, and those who were slaughtered in the invasion of this continent; fourth, we seek to educate the public about the continuing denial of spiritual liberty for indigenous peoples in the United States in places like the San Francisco Peaks of Arizona, the petroglysphs in New Mexico, the Gwi'chin territory of the Arctic, and the Black Hills of South Dakota.

We will end our fast at sunset with a small meal of sacred food at the Four Winds American Indian Center in Denver.

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