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How the Native American occupation of Alcatraz turned sour

The previous Portals told the story of how 78 Native Americans, most of them college students, sailed to the former federal prison on Alcatraz Island on Nov. 20, 1969, disembarked and claimed it. Calling themselves “Indians of All Tribes,” they prepared to hold the island until their demands were met.

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12/5/2019

article On 50th anniversary, Native elders share Never Before Told Stories of Alcatraz Occupation
(California) -- When Richard Oake’s 12-year-old daughter Yvonne died after falling from the guards’ quarters of Alcatraz prison on Jan. 5, 1970, a dark cloud...

12/4/2019

article BOOK: 'A Journey To Freedom': Book Highlights Native American Occupation Of Alcatraz
(California) -- Fifty years ago, 89 Native Americans set out into the San Francisco Bay by boats. Their destination was Alcatraz Island, home of the infamous federal...

12/1/2019

article Two coastal gatherings for 'prayer, thanksgiving, and solidarity'
(California) -- There is always that question: “What do Indians think about Thanksgiving?” On two coasts Native people offered prayers. In the San Francisco...

11/30/2019

article 50 Years After the Occupation of Alcatraz, Native American Activists Gather—and Resist
(California) -- Frigid air and wet ground did little to deter the 4500 people who gathered before dawn on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay this Thursday for the...
article Why A Group Of Native American Activists Laid Claim To Alcatraz Island 50 Years Ago
(California) -- Thanksgiving marks the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz take over, when activists claimed the former prison island, citing a treaty that said all unused...

11/29/2019

article How the Native American occupation of Alcatraz turned sour
(California) -- The previous Portals told the story of how 78 Native Americans, most of them college students, sailed to the former federal prison on Alcatraz Island on...

11/28/2019

article Colin Kaepernick joins Native Americans for UnThanksgiving Day protest on Alcatraz
(California) -- Colin Kaepernick, the American football star whose “kneeling protest” sparked a national debate, has travelled to Alcatraz Island to join...
article Stephen Shames : Alcatraz is Not an Island
(California) -- I went to Alcatraz with my friend and fellow photographer Alan Copeland soon after Indians of All Tribes claimed the island. I became friends with...
article The Indigenous Peoples Thanksgiving Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony Draws on the 1969 Occupation to Inform Native Resistance
(California) -- On the morning of November 28, as families across the United States gather for a dinner celebrating colonial incompetence, thousands of families in...
article Why A Group Of Native American Activists Laid Claim To Alcatraz Island 50 Years Ago
(California) -- Thanksgiving marks the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz take over, when activists claimed the former prison island, citing a treaty that said all unused...
article The Occupation of Alcatraz: LaNada War Jack 'From Self-Determination Back to Termination'
(California) -- Dr. LaNada War Jack, Shoshone Bannock, said the Occupation of Alcatraz meant a new era of self-determination which is now threatened by the Trump...

11/27/2019

article How the Alcatraz Occupation of 1969 Sparked the Native American Civil Rights Movement
(California) -- Fifty years ago this month, a group of Native American activists launched a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. They were...
article Alcatraz Indigenous Peoples Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering to Be Simulcast Online
(California) -- “Un-Thanksgiving Day,” also known as the Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony, has sold out its advance boat tickets. But a “limited...

11/24/2019

article Alcatraz occupation was ‘total freedom’ for a kid
(California) -- Eight-year-old Alan Harrison was sound asleep on Nov. 20, 1969, when he was roused from bed at 2 in the morning by his mother. “She told me that we...

11/23/2019

article Richard Oakes legacy: 'Alcatraz is not an island. It's an idea'
(California) -- Richard Oakes, Akwesasne Mohawk, was a street fighter, a gang member and an ex-con. From age 16 he worked on riveting crews building skyscrapers high...
article BOOK REVIEW: Native narratives of reclaimed identity and recovered sovereignty
(Massachusetts) -- On Dec. 29, 1890, US soldiers massacred more than 150 Lakota people at Wounded Knee, in South Dakota. In a view that has since become standard, Native...

11/21/2019

article 'Life was tough on that island'
(California) -- Adam Fortunate Eagle Nordwall recalls that first day when occupants had 'no boats' to take over Alcatraz.
article 'We organized' after Alcatraz and demanded change
(California) -- The occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All Tribes on Nov. 20, 1969 changed the consciousness of American Indians across the nation and especially in...
article Sonoma County remembers Alcatraz Activist Richard Oakes
(California) -- Monday marked the 50th anniversary of the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz by Native American activists. The takeover and resulting Red Power moment was...
article How the spirit of the indigenous occupation of Alcatraz lives on, 50 years later
(California) -- For most people, Alcatraz Island is nothing more than a San Francisco tourist destination — home to the infamous penitentiary and Al Capone’s...
article Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover
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11/20/2019

article Alcatraz occupier calls events a ‘day of smiles’
(California) -- About 150 people are now gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists. Original occupiers,...
article Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover
(California) -- For Eloy Martinez, returning to Alcatraz Island meant a joyous reunion with people he hadn’t seen in decades. It also brought a renewed sense of...
article NOISECAT: Why Alcatraz Matters to Native Americans
(California) -- In the same way Montgomery, Ala., is widely viewed as the birthplace of the civil rights movement, Alcatraz Island should be recognized as the launchpad...
article Occupation of Alcatraz echoes 50 years later
(California) -- On a chilly November night 50 years ago, a 7-year-old Peter Bratt, his four siblings and their single mother left their San Francisco home for the pier....
article From Alcatraz to Standing Rock: The 50-Year Arc of Native Activism
(California) -- Months into the Occupation, a visitor arrived on Alcatraz Island. Chosen by the elders to reveal the traditional wisdom and prophecies of the Hopi Nation...
article NAC: Native in the spotlight: Dr. LaNada War Jack
(California) -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz. It was a 19 month long protest on the island in the San Francisco Bay by Native...

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