The Occupation of Alcatraz that Sparked an American Revolution
Many know Alcatraz as a notorious federal prison, but it is also the site of a 19month occupation led by a group of Native Americans. In 1969, more than 80 Native Americans sailed to Alcatraz by boat. Their mission was to reclaim the island from the federal government. Alcatraz became a symbol of the centuries of injustice toward Native Americans by the U.S. government. Nearly five decades later, the fight to protect tribal land continues today at Standing Rock as the federal government yet again ignores the rights of Native people.
This film was support by: This project was supported by a KnightCronkite Innovation Grant, a collaboration of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
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