Today in 1969: Fourteen Indians from 20 tribes seize Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, offering to buy the island from the federal government for 24 dollars worth of beads – the alleged price paid to the Canarsee Delaware Indians for Manhattan Island; it was actually 60 Dutch guilders.
Their numbers swelled to nearly eighty; the General Services Administration, which had responsibility for the site of the former federal prison, and Coast Guard gave them the opportunity to leave the island peacefully.
They were reclaiming it as Indian land by right of discovery, and demanding fairness and respect for native peoples. The occupation lasted for more than a year. Said Richard Oakes, a Mohawk from New York, “We hold The Rock.”
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Tonight is a Wingnut Party Platform Working Group Discussion. This free event is at 6:30pm at Madison Public Library, 1st floor conference room, 122 Mifflin Street. More info at 202-230-7428.
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