Why I Don’t Celebrate Independence Day

‘Land of the Free’ is an odd nickname. This country was built on my ancestors’ stolen land.

A photo of an upside down American flag hanging over a dark, ominous sky in Oceti Sakowin Camp.

I no longer celebrate Independence Day. Sure, I love a good slice of apple pie and fireworks, but this holiday is an annual gathering to celebrate a freedom that doesn’t exist. As citizens of the so-called United States, we’ve been told to use…