Indigenous Americans Celebrate Alcatraz Occupation

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— In 1969 thousands of indigenous people claimed Alcatraz Island as their own.  That occupation sparked an armed standoff with federal authorities which lasted until 1971.

“This is the 42nd anniversary of the original occupation of Alcatraz Island. We’ve gathered here for many years to honor and pay tribute to the Alcatraz veterans,” said Morningstar Gali who gathered with several thousand to honor those original occupiers and to give thanks as a people.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

Andrea Carmen, who leads the International Indian Treaty Council, offered some words on why the People’s Sunrise Ceremony is important.

“We’re not here to condemn or express any kind of hatred or antagonism, but to honor those that lost their lives of our peoples and nations through the 517 years that we’ve experienced colonization here in this land.”

She added that giving thanks for the survival of the resistance of her ancestors and the continued practice of their culture, language, and way of life are also integral to the “reclaiming” of Alcatraz.

The sound of drums, spiritual dance, reflection and rainfall will fill the island this holiday.

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  • Guapi

    We should be so lucky that all the current Occupiers should go to Alcatraz.

  • obbop

    I was a teenage lad reveling in all the “action” abounding within the many parts of the Bay Area back then… when the Berkeley Barb floated around and the Student Revolutionary Strike Force found fertile ground to spring forth on the campus of Granada High School in the humble hamlet of Livermore.

    The old man, a stodgy conservative but a firm believer in We, the People grunted his approval of the “natives” doing their thing along with many (not all) of Black Panther activities.

    “Power to the people” was a common declaration back then heard now with many Occupiers/99 percenters.

    Let me sum this up with a couple declarations by a bloke with much more impact upon the too-many citizen-sheep obeying their ruling-class masters and corporate USA than I:;

    “There’s class warfare, all right, Mr. (Warren) Buffett said, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

    “There has been class warfare going on,” Buffett, 81, said in a Sept. 30 interview with Charlie Rose on PBS. It’s just that my class is winning. And my class isn’t just winning, I mean we’re killing them.”

    • Guapi

      Buffett Is A Manipulator. You Are A “Useful Idiot” (Google The Term) For Him Because You Are Parroting His Words. Truth Is… Despite Obama & Co. Driving This Country Into The Ground… You Can Still (Yes, Even Now) Make A Fortune In This Country By Educating Yourself And Pursuing Your Dream.

      • obbop

        Sure, whatever you say.

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