Interviews with American Indians on Alcatraz
A KQED news report from Alcatraz featuring the American Indian occupation of the island, on November 24th 1969. Includes interviews with Dennis Turner, Richard Oakes and LaNada Means. Oakes confirms there there is no outbreak of hepatitis amongst the population and Turner states they're determined to remain there for 10 years if necessary, to defend their property rights. When LaNada Means is asked by a reporter if their protest has any connection with the Third World Liberation Front she replies: "Well, this is a Native American struggle." She describes the occupation as an attempt to make the federal government honor the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie and claims the failure of Walter Hickel (Secretary of the Interior) to respond to their November 20th proclamation was expected. She also points out that whilst living conditions for the protesters are very basic, this is in fact: "Average for an Indian way of life anyway. Now, I mean today."
Tags: alcatraz proclamation, alcatraz relief fund, dennis turner, interviews, kqn 516, lanada means, reporters, richard oakes, third world liberation front, treaty of fort laramie (1868), walter j. hickel
Added to Bay Area Television Archive on September 23, 2011.
- Originally aired on: KQED News
- Date aired: 11/24/1969
- Recording medium: 16mm b&w magnetic sound film
- Rights for this video belong to: NCPB/KQED
- Duration: 4:02
- Type of material: archival news film