Lt. Gov. Mike Callihan served an all-Colorado Thanksgiving meal to a group of needy American Indians from the back of a Mayflower moving van, provoking protests from some Indians who called the act "disgusting."
Monday's meal, a promotion for the lieutenant governor's "Always Buy Colorado" program, featured Colorado-grown buffalo, lamb and rainbow trout, vegetables and multi-grain Plains bread.Callihan said the event in front of the Capitol was a "thank you" to the Indians for providing food for America's first Thanksgiving for the Pilgrims 367 years ago.
But a quiet group of protesters from the American Indian Movement stood near the moving van that was provided by a local Mayflower moving company and passed out a statement to reporters that said the meal was "disgusting."
Homer Eagle Feather, who was one of about a dozen Indians who were served the meal, said he didn't care about the protest and thought the meal was "very nice and very appropriate."