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40th Anniversary of Alcatraz Occupation

 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:26 am    Post subject: 40th Anniversary of Alcatraz Occupation Reply with quote

What's NewNovember 13, 2009
40th Anniversary of Alcatraz Occupation
Posted by: Marlo McKenzie


This year marks the 40th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz by the Indians of All Tribes, perhaps one of the most significant acts of activism conducted by Native Americans to date. Led by Mohawk activist Richard Oakes, Indians from diverse tribes across the country occupied Alcatraz for nineteen months from November 20, 1969 to June 11th, 1971. The group used humor to make earnest demands aimed at improved rights for Native Americans. Their bold action was the the first indication that Native American culture could rise again, Lakota scholar Vine Deloria Jr., said “Alcatraz was a big enough symbol that for the first time this century Indians were taken seriously.”

The occupation led to real changes such a as the creation of Indian Studies programs, tribal museums, increases in funding for college students, and legislation that supported self-determination including the removal of the Indian Termination Policy.

The annual sunrise gathering to celebrate indigenous people’s rights will depart for Alcatraz at pier 33 on November 26th as early as 4:45am.

Coit Tower will also be lit with film projections the evening of the 25th through the 26th to greet those attending the sunrise ceremony. The projections titled: “Indigenous Renewal: Alcatraz Occupation Remembrance + Ohlone Presence Celebrated!” prefigures the return of the Ohlone to San Francisco, and asks viewers to consider, what is indigenous? An accompanying live radio program is scheduled for this projection beginning at 6pm and continuing to at least 11pm, on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
 only at 89.5 FM.

It’s a night to remember and celebrate the power of unified action for change.

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