Protest on Alcatraz

White, Tekla N.
January 1996
Missions of San Francisco Bay Area;1996, p72
In 1969 Native Americans in the Mission District of San Francisco were planning a major protest. In that year, not far from the old Spanish missions, 300 people from around the nation seized an abandoned prison on the rocky island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, California. Most of the activists were not natives of California. They set up a fictional reservation for white people, pledging to teach them Native American religion and way of life. Some activists stayed on the island until 1971, when the U.S. government agents peaceably removed the protestors.


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