The Native Americans who hosted the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims in 1621 will host a modern day Thanksgiving Unity Reception at the Massachusetts State House. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe says the gathering is to promote peace and unity for all Americans.
Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell says the first Thanksgiving was a Wampanoag feast which the Pilgrims joined to celebrate a successful fall harvest. Cromwell says the lessons taken from that gathering was what can come from people of different backgrounds when they sit down together and really listen to each other. Cromwell says for all Americans to get back to that basic principle.
The reception will be held on November 13 at 11 a.m. inside the State House Great Hall.