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SAN FRANCISCO – It began and ended like any other prayerful sunrise ceremony on Alcatraz Island. Crowds bundled in layers of clothing huddled onto ferries. Drummers sang as the boats took turns floating more than 3,500 people across icy waters. Dancers pounded bare feet across the cool floor of the island turned prison turned museum
“I look back and have a lot of happy memories of being here. But I don’t think of it as a legacy; I see it as a beginning. We still have to ask for everything, we still have to beg for everything. I walk the streets and I don’t see more than one indigenous person. We still have to struggle.”
That sentiment was echoed by the honored speakers – Bill Means, IITC founder and U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations co-founder, and Clyde Bellecourt, one of the AIM founders and a participant in the occupations of Wounded Knee and a BIA building in 1972.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by DaddyBare
Cool vid mate, and the Blog looks good as well, i'll be reading it as I try to fall asleep.
I have never heard of the Native retaking of Alcatraz .. has there been any current effort to bring the island back under native control? And is there really an actual claim to it by a specific tribe? Native America is highly generalized, there were many peoples belonging to different nations.
And if you don't mind me asking, which tribe are you?