The Indigenous occupation of Alcatraz – Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska 2021-11-25 14:06:01 –

Omaha, Nebraska (AP & KMTV) — 52 years ago, on November 25, Native Americans were photographed by an AP communication photographer standing under a graffiti welcoming indigenous people to Alcatraz Island.

Five days ago, on November 20, 1969, indigenous students began occupying an almost abandoned infamous prison facility in San Francisco Bay. The occupation continued until 1971, and among its leaders was John Trudel, Nebraska, a Dakotasou tribe and group spokesman.

On Saturday, US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland visited Alcatraz Island. Alcatraz Island has become a symbol of the indigenous struggle for self-determination after the acquisition. She said progress had been made by indigenous peoples, but added that there was still much work to be done.

Harland, from Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico, said the actions of these activists have helped Native Americans no longer have to resort to extreme means.

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