Glad to read about Montana schools teaching a more accurate, balanced Thanksgiving. Apparently the curriculum still misses a critical point of our heritage. You write, "The concept of Thanksgiving lingered through white settlements into the establishment of the United States. George Washington issued a proclamation of Thanksgiving on Oct. 3, 1789." True. However, Sept. 25, 1789, the Bill of Rights was ratified by the Senate. The same day, the U.S. House passed the following resolution:
"Resolved, that a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait upon the President of the United States, to request that he would recommend to the people of the United States, a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed, by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a Constitution of Government for their safety and happiness." Hence, on Oct. 3, President Washington declared, "Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
We have so much to be thankful for in America, and the founders wanted to make sure future generations never forgot our true heritage and biblical foundation. Moving forward with a true and complete narrative.