American Indian Occupation - 50th Anniversary

In 1969, a group of Native American activists calling themselves the Indians of All Tribes arrived on Alcatraz Island. They spoke out against the U.S. Government's Termination Policy and the broader plight of Native Americans. Golden Gate National Recreation Area commemorates this moment in history, with 19 months of special events and an exhibition: Red Power on Alcatraz, Perspectives 50 Years Later.

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2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz by the Indians of All Tribes, a key event in the history of Alcatraz Island, the Native American civil rights movement, and our nation. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in collaboration with Indians of All Tribes, is planning 19 months of events and programming, from November 20, 2019 ­- June 2021 in the New Industries Building, including:

Exhibition: Red Power on Alcatraz: Perspectives 50 Years Later

In 1969, a group of Native American activists called the Indians of All Tribes arrived on Alcatraz. Red Power on Alcatraz: Perspectives 50 Years Later tells the story of their 19 ­month occupation of the island, a watershed moment in the movement for Native American civil rights. For the 19 months duration of the exhibit, visitors can view photographs by Brooks Townes, Ilka Hartmann and Stephen Shames, original materials from the collection of Kent Blansett, and contributions from the community of former occupiers.

Cultural Programs, 2nd Saturdays of each Month

During the Occupation, Native American Activists called for an Indian Cultural Center on Alcatraz Island. In keeping with this idea, cultural programs and activities will take place the 2nd Saturday of each month from December 2019 through June 2022. Visitors can participate in a variety of presentations, workshops, demonstrations, and activities led by former occupiers and Native American groups. Be sure to check the Alcatraz events calendar for current list of programs.

Indians of All Tribes, American Indian Occupation of Alcatraz, 50th Anniversary Commemoration

“Alcatraz put me back into my community and helped me remember who I am. It was a rekindling of the spirit. Alcatraz made it easier for us
to remember who we are.”

Santee Dakota

Last updated: December 5, 2019

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