Claim: Sarah Palin said that "Thanksgiving is for real Americans, not Indians."
Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2013]
I find it hard to believe she would say something like this as she is married to an Indian, an Alaskan Native to be exact.
Origins: On 21 November 2013, the Free Wood Post web site published an article positing that former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin had declared during a talk radio appearance that "Thanksgiving is for real Americans and not Indians":
The segment started off well enough. It was really just a puff piece about the meaning of Thanksgiving in people's lives. Things derailed quickly however, when the interviewer asked Palin about the controversy surrounding the holiday.
Palin sat dumbfounded unaware of any controversy. The host went on to fill her in on the fact that many Native American tribes do not celebrate the holiday. In fact, it is a day of mourning for them. And those that do celebrate the day do so because it is a reminder that they survived mass murder, forced relocation, the theft of their land and many other injustices.
Palin’s response was astounding, "Thanksgiving is for real Americans not Indians. We founded this Christian nation. Why if it wasn't for the God-fearing pilgrims, the natives would still be running around in loin cloths shooting at things with their arrows."
Last updated: 25 November 2013