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USA On Thanksgiving Give Thanks No Millions of Wrongful Death Lawsuits Filed Yet

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"On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday honoring the early settlers and their harvest feast known as the first Thanksgiving.

Native Americans
Long before settlers came to the East Coast of the United States, the area was inhabited by many Native American tribes. The area surrounding the site of the first Thanksgiving, now known as southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island had been the home of the Wampanoag people for over 12,000 years, and had been visited by other European settlers before the arrival of the Mayflower. The native people knew the land well and had fished, hunted, and harvested for thousands of generations.

The Settlers
The people who comprised the Plymouth Colony were a group of English Protestants who wanted to break away from the Church of England. These "separatists' initially moved to Holland and after 12 years of financial problems, they received funding from English merchants to sail across the Atlantic to settle in a "New World.' A ship carrying 101 men, women, and children spent 66 days traveling the Atlantic Ocean, intending to land where New York City is now located. Due to the windy conditions, the group had to cut their trip short and settle at what is now called Cape Cod.

Settling and Exploring
As the Puritans prepared for winter, they gathered anything they could find, including Wampanoag supplies.

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One day, Samoset, a leader of the Abenaki, and Tisquantum (better known as Squanto) visited the settlers. Squanto was a  Wampanoag who had experience with other settlers and knew English. Squanto helped the settlers grow corn and use fish to fertilize their fields. After several meetings, a formal agreement was made between the settlers and the native people and they joined together to protect each other from other tribes in March of 1621.

First Thanksgiving,
The Celebration"One day that fall, four settlers were sent to hunt for food for a harvest celebration. The Wampanoag heard gunshots and alerted their leader, Massasoit, who thought the English might be preparing for war. Massasoit visited the English settlement with 90 of his men to see if the war rumor was true. Soon after their visit, the Native Americans realized that the English were only hunting for the harvest celebration. Massasoit sent some of his own men to hunt deer for the feast and for three days, the English and native men, women, and children ate together. The meal consisted of deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat, far from today's traditional Thanksgiving feast." [First Thanksgiving, National Geographic Magazine ]

Regarding the criminal decimation of the indigenous nations of North America for the value of their homelands:

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By the end of the 19th century, the nations of the indigenous peoples of North America within what would be called the United States of America had been destroyed by the white European colonists, their descendants and European immigrants at the constant inciting of land speculative banking.

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, CNN reported: U.S. finalizes $3.4 billion settlement with American Indians (CNN) -- "Thousands of American Indians are now in line to receive part of a $3.4 billion settlement with the federal government" [1]

Seven months ago the news was reported: Sand Creek Massacre descendants sue federal government for reparations. [2]

Regarding the genocidal slave trade of banks in New England:

In a 2003 paper at Harvard Law School, Charles Ogletree in a paper titled New Efforts in the Reparations Debate in America begun:
"The reparations debate, in America and globally, has gained momentum in recent years, and it will only grow in significance over time. The claim that America owes a debt for the enslavement and segregation of African Americans has had historical currency for over 150 years. The demand for reparations reached a national stage during the resolute leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..  The momentum for reparations efforts rises and arguments that seemed morally and legally unfeasible reemerge with renewed political vigor and legal vitality. The number of reparations lawsuits and legislative initiatives at the local and state level is unprecedented. A variety of lawsuits are currently on in various state and federal courts around the country. "

Seeks to put a price on enslavement centuries ago  A group of 14 Caribbean countries are planning to take legal action against former colonial powers Britain, France, and the Netherlands, demanding reparations for the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The New York Times reports that some Caribbean nations have already begun assessing the lasting damage they suffered, ranging from stunted educational and economic opportunities to dietary and health problems.) [3]

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Regarding the violent seizure of Mexican lands and subsequent century of economic imperialism in genocidal proportions:

LA Times, July 16, 2003, Reparations Sought for '30s Expulsion Program,
"A class action lawsuit launched in Los Angeles Superior Court that, as the Los Angeles Times reported last week, accuses "the state of California, the county and city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce "and 500 other unnamed individuals and entities" of violating the civil and constitutional rights of more than 1 million Mexican-Americans by deporting them to Mexico in the 1930s."

Regarding the US attack and seizure of the Philippines via great massacres of its population:

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