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American Indian Student Union to Host Anti-Thanksgiving Potluck

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While others are getting ready to top their tables with turkeys and other Thanksgiving fixings, one University of Virginia student organization is preparing for an anti-Thanksgiving event.

UVA's American Indian Student Union wants to bring awareness to Native American culture, which the group says is generally overlooked in American society. It says people have a skewed idea of the history of native tribes and their association with Thanksgiving.

The anti-Thanksgiving potluck will be a chance to discuss Thanksgiving from a Native American perspective.

Katelyn Krause, American Indian Student Union president, explained, "Basically a get-together over food to discuss a native's perspective on Thanksgiving, the history behind it, what role Native Americans played in Thanksgiving - contrast that with the typical American view of Thanksgiving."

The event will take place at UVA's Minor Hall next Monday. 

In addition to the anti-Thanksgiving potluck, the student organization will also be hosting a screening of "The Only Good Indian" Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Newcomb Theater.  The movie looks at the past practices of Native Americans being forced to adopt white American society.

The group says it doesn't want to make anyone feel guilty about celebrating Thanksgiving; its goal is just to help people see the holiday from a different perspective.

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