You Are on Indian Land: Alcatraz Island, 1969-1971


A collection of photographs offering a unique and personal look into the days and nights spent by hundreds of American Indians during the occupation of Alcatraz Island.
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A collection of photographs offering a unique and personal look into the days and nights spent by hundreds of American Indians during the occupation of Alcatraz Island.
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Published by the prestigious American Indian Studies Center at UCLA and edited and introduced by UCLA history professor Johnson, a member of the center faculty, these two books commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island by "Indians of All Tribes" that began on November 20, 1969. Although the last 15 Indian protesters were removed from the island on June 11, 1971, by U.S. marshals, GSA federal protection officers, and FBI agents, the occupation is not considered a failure within the Indian movement because it was a forerunner for many events of late 20th-century Indian history, including a takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington in 1972. You Are on Indian Land!, which relies primarily on black-and-white and color photographs to document the occupation, shows the bleak reality of Alcatraz and life as it was lived by Indian activists during this episode. The result is essential for collections of Native American history and is recommended for all libraries. With its harsh conditions, waterless terrain, and prison history, Alcatraz is a metaphor for Native existence and reservation life. In Alcatraz: Indian Land Forever, this metaphor is explored in pronouncements (some first heard on "Radio Free Alcatraz"), in poetry, in activists' speeches, and in passages like these from Grace Thorpe: "Alcatraz was the catalyst and the most important event in the Indian movement....It made me put my furniture in storage and spend my life savings." This book, along with its companion volume and Adam Fortunate Eagle's Alcatraz! Alcatraz! (LJ 9/1/92), records an important event and is recommended for libraries of all kinds.Margaret W. Norton, Montay Coll. Lib., Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935626438
  • Publisher: UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Native American Politics Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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