Tribe, three governments planning 400th Pilgrim anniversary

In this June 6, 2016 file photo, people on a wharf watch as the Mayflower II, the 1957 replica of the famed ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, arrives in Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth, Mass. –The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Native American leaders are teaming up with the U.S., British and Dutch governments on next year’s commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim landing.

Events are planned in all three countries next year to reflect on the Pilgrims’ arrival in 1620 to what is now Massachusetts.

Organizers gathered Thursday at the New England Historical Genealogical Society to firm up plans for yearlong remembrances of the Mayflower’s voyage — and the disease, racism and oppression native people suffered after the European settlers arrived.

Wampanoag (WAHM’-puh-nawg) leader Paula Peters is insisting on an unvarnished look back at the harsh legacy of colonization.

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Events also are planned in Britain and the Netherlands, where the Pilgrims spent more than a decade before sailing to the New World.

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