American Indians removed from Alcatraz, Part II

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KPIX's Belva Davis reports from Alcatraz on June 11th 1971, where American Indian activists have just been removed from the island by armed Federal authorities. Includes views of the island and of activists under protective custody being escorted off a bus in the city. U.S. Attorney for Northern District of California James L. Browning, Jr. justifies their actions by stating the occupation: "Was an intolerable situation that could not go on indefinitely." At a separate meeting American Indian spokesman John Trudell argues: "The significant thing that's been accomplished by Alcatraz is ... we never sold ourselves out. We never compromised. We went for the whole cup cake ... We're bringing people to our side. There's a lotta Indians aren't gonna like this." When asked by a reporter if the Indians will now finally accept "defeat," Trudell laughs and exclaims: "Defeat! No man, there's no such thing as defeat. You know. When they start kickin you around you just gotta learn to bandage up the bruises and stand up again. They didn't beat us."

Occupation of Alcatraz
Type of material
archival news film
16mm color magnetic sound film
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KPIX Eye on the Bay News
KPIX 105401-2

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I appreciate whatever and whoevers effort went in to putting this collection together. Thanks! It is part of my history as well as native and american history. I spent from nov 1970 to mar 1971 living on the rock at the age of 7. Being 7 my memories are thinner than the fog in frisco. So, i 've enjoyed the footage and the chance it has to jog my memories. I'm a little disappointed at the lack of anything from the specific period i was there but, i've learned, recently, that everything dropped of then. Popular support,donations, and press coverage. If you ever come across anything from those months would it be to much to ask you to let me know?

 thank-you, sincerely,

                                     William P Ryan, sr.


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