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Alcatraz is Not an Island
Reclaiming Native Land

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Reclaiming Native Land

Alcatraz was symbolic in the rebirth of Indian people to be recognized as a people, as human beings, whereas before, we were not. We were not recognized, we were not legitimate...but we were able to raise, not only the consciousness of other American people, but our own people as well, to reestablish our identity as Indian people, as a culture, as political entities. - Dr. LaNada Boyer (Shoshone-Bannock) /Occupation Leader Alcatraz poster
This poster appeared in Berkeley, California the morning after the Alcatraz removal. "Hoka Hay!!" translates roughly to "It Is Over."
Photo: © Ilka Hartmann


For thousands of Native Americans, the infamous Alcatraz is not an island...it is an inspiration. In 1969, after generations of oppression, assimilation and near genocide, a group of Indian activists fought for justice and self-determination.




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