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Claremont parents clash over kindergarten Thanksgiving costumes
Some say having students dress up as pilgrims and Native Americans is 'demeaning.' Their opponents say they are elitists injecting politics into a simple children's celebration.
For decades, Claremont kindergartners have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as pilgrims and Native Americans and sharing a feast. But on Tuesday, when the youngsters meet for their turkey and songs, they won't be wearing their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests.
Parents in this quiet university town are sharply divided over what these construction-paper symbols represent: A simple child's depiction of the traditional (if not wholly accurate) tale of two factions setting aside their differences to give thanks over a shared meal? Or a cartoonish stereotype that would never be allowed of other racial, ethnic or religious groups?...
Check it out all Native Americans (in my day Indians) if we remove every symbol of Native American life then your Heritage and Culture will be lost and you will only be known for the sparkling casinos on Native American soil. We are currently debating removing the name Indian from High Schools in Tennessee. Somebody will surely forget the trail of tears because there will be no visible reminders.