Lee Heidhues 11.20.2021
It’s been 52 years since a group of Native Americans began what turned out to be the 19 month Occupation of Alcatraz.
The Native American population was decimated by the white Americans during their brutal trek West. The original inhabitants of the United States have been abused, murdered, placed on reservations and treated as second class citizens.
The nearly two year Occupation was an event heard around the United States to tell the World the Native Americans would stand their ground and fight for their rights.
Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 11.20.2021
The crisp, clear San Francisco morning began with a prayer circle on Alcatraz.
Fifty two years ago, Native Americans from all over the U.S. touched down on the island to fight for Indigenous rights, where they would remain for 19 months in a landmark struggle known as the Occupation of Alcatraz. On Saturday, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to serve as a U.S. cabinent secretary, visited the island to highlight the progress made over the past five decades by Indigenous peoples.