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Currently in Portland — November 23rd, 2021

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Cold rain for Tuesday November 23rd
Cold rain for Tuesday November 23rd
Brrr and yuck. These words encompass the forecast tonight and tomorrow as a cold November rain will be a near constant throughout the timeframe. Some of the rain could take on a pour-like quality overnight and may be accompanied tomorrow by; a.) few rumbles of thunder or b.) a few snowflakes mixing in. Temperatures will flounder around in the mid 40’s to make for uninspiring conditions to get out the door. The moisture-laden system will however spruce up Mt. Hood with a fresh coating of snow that will give rise to the lowering of our favorite peak’s snow level. — Lauren Casey
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TOMORROW: Join the Indigenous Solidarity Network and partners for a webinar on "Rethinking Thanksgiving: Solidarity with Indigenous Resistance" on Monday, November 22 at 5pm PT/8pm ET.

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November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States, and in a few days, Thanksgiving will be celebrated by many people across the country. The holiday perpetuates in a false narrative, that spins the true history of genocide and colonization into a light and largely false story.
This past year— just with in the environmental community, Indigenous leaders put their lives on the line to fight against the fossil fuel industry, climate change, and protect native lands. 
In Minnesota, a battle against the Line 3 pipeline has led to police brutality and arrests of Indigenous protestors; in Canada, Indigenous lands have been replaced by oil mines; in Alaska, salmon runs have collapsed leading to major food shortages in Indigenous communities— to name of a few of the on going fights Indigenous people are leading. Meanwhile 80% of biodiversity around the globe is protected by Indigenous people
During this month devoted to honoring the contributions of Native communities in the US, millions of American families gather to celebrate a holiday that is rooted in painful day for many Indigenous people. While many have attempted to decolonize the holiday, with land acknowledgments and donations, it begs the question where do we go from here? 
Currently spoke with CeeJay Johnson Yellow Hawk an artist auntie who is Dakota Lakota from the Ft. Peck Tribe in Montana as well as Lingít, from Southeast Alaska. 
(She noted that she only speaks for herself and that it is important to keep in mind the diversity of Indigenous people in the US and the differing view points of those folks.)
She said that with the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, she understands the desire to preserve a tradition thats deeply engrained within American culture, however she said it is first essential to understand the history of the holiday.  
“Thats not really honoring us, thats hurting us.” said CeeJay, “I think that it’s important that a conversation is started and that people actually know the true history of what happened during the first Thanksgiving from the actual people who have that knowledge.”
She said that during Indigenous heritage month, and through out the whole year, non-natives can honor Indigenous people through amplifying their voices, donating money, supporting local Indigenous organizations, conducting land acknowledgements and supporting Indigenous representation in politics.
Tonight, Indigenous Solidarity Network is hosting a discussion about re-thinking the Thanksgiving holiday. If you can’t jump on— here is a toolkit they put together, full of tools and steps to discuss settler privilege and Thanksgiving with family, friends, and the broader community.  Thrillist put together a list of organizations and resources that non-native people can donate to directly this holiday season. And if you have young ones at home who you want to discuss Thanksgiving with in an honest and socially responsible way here are some resources to help facilitate those conversations. — Abbie Veitch
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