On November 20, 1969, dozens of Native American activists led by Richard Oakes, LaNada Means (War Jack), and others occupied Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. Around 90 people kept the occupation going for a remarkable 19 months.
War Jack (Shoshone Bannock) was part of the student group that initially organized and led the occupation of Alcatraz. She will also be discussing her new book coming out "Native Resistance," on the intergenerational fight for Indigenous survival and life. The photo on the cover is of her father, who continued ceremonies into the 20th century even when they were illegal on her reservation.
Opening/closing song: "Alcatraz" by Redbone, off their 1970 Epic release, "Potlatch."