I'm still not sure what's particularly damaging, demeaning or insulting to Native Americans about the story that I last heard in grade school with respect to the pilgrims and the Indians sitting down together to eat a meal at the "first Thanksgiving." (Particularly since Native Americans have been depicted so negatively in so many ways over the centuries.) I agree that the European immigrants ultimately, and over a prolonged period of time, pursued a policy of genocide against the Native Americans, and I can certainly understand why a Native American wouldn't want to celebrate Columbus Day (who actually celebrates that anyway?) or Thanksgiving or the Fourth or Christmas or.... I haven't celebrated Christmas (other than getting presents for the little ones in the family) or Easter for years. Actually, I don't think I really celebrate any holiday, other than trying to start the new year with a relatively clean house, and having a family get together over the Thanksgiving weekend, since everyone can get together then. (This year we're meeting on Saturday, in St. Louis.) On the other hand, I don't feel compelled to call any of those holidays a sham, and much less do I feel the need to eigh in on any other country's national holidays.