I’m taking a break from Nano updates to give a personal one.

This year is my family’s first Thanksgiving since my dad passed. My father was a lot of things that were wonderful and awe inspiring as well as terrible and complicated. Basically, he was like most of us: human, and flawed. Mourning him has been and will continue to be a challenging journey for which there does not seem to be a handbook.

One of the admirable things about his character was his passion for human rights. My father was the first person to say to me that Colombus wasn’t all he was cracked up to be in our school books. That history was written by those who had conquered and they wrote themselves in a flattering light. He was the first to introduce me to the idea of institutional oppression.

The situation happening right now at Standing Rock would have horrified him. The sad irony that all around the U.S. families are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving while our government continues to desecrate the lands and lives of Indigenous People would have infuriated him. It infuriates me. It should infuriate you too.

This year we took note of the amount spent on our Thanksgiving dinner and donated that amount to the Standing Rock Sioux in his honor.

I think he would have done the same.


If you feel moved to contribute to the efforts of the water protectors, THIS ARTICLE lists many ways in which you can do so.