Interviews with American Indians on Alcatraz

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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."

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archival news film
KQN 516

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This footage is greatly appreciated! While watching this footage, innumerable emotions ran through me.

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Chanel Harris

University of Missouri-Saint Louis

Graduate Student

University of Michigan

April 2008


THANK-YOU to SFSU and KQED for posting this incredibly valuable footage. I am Ojibwe and a grad student at the University of Michigan. This archive is an incredible resource for me!!

You really aren't looking for a lot of money to digitize this footage. Have you tried raising money with California's tribes?? I know the tribes in Michigan have what they call 5% money--a portion of casino profits that are reinvested back into local community projects. Miigwetch and keep loading this online as quickly as you can! I'll be telling my students and department (American Culture) about this resource.Veronica PasfieldDoctoral StudentProgram in American CultureUniversity of Michigan, Ann

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