The 1969 reclamation of Alcatraz Island sparked a national Red Power movement as Native Americans united to fight for land reclamation, environmental protection, human rights, cultural preservation, and sovereignty.
We’ll connect key activists involved in that movement with a young Native organizer. What can we learn from the Red Power movement? As we discuss race and history of the US, where are indigenous voices?
LaNada War Jack, member of the Shoshone Bannock tribe, leader of the 1969 Alcatraz occupation, and first Native American student at UC Berkeley
Eloy Martinez, member of Southern Ute tribe, participant in the Alcatraz 1969 occupation, and member of a group that still gathers on Alcatraz for sunrise ceremonies on Thanksgiving
Isabella Zizi, member of the Northern Cheyenne, Arikara, and Muskogee tribes, and founder of Earth Guardians Bay Area
The Insurgent Narratives Project: Original Organizer from Occupation of Alcatraz
University of New Mexico Press: Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits