40th Anniversary of the Reclamation of Alcatraz
Blogger Rowland Keshena posts up AIMs 20-Point Position Paper on the anniversary of the Native American take-over and reclamation of Alcatraz. Here is a short excerpt from that paper:
We seek a new American majority – a majority that is not content merely to confirm itself by superiority in numbers, but which by conscience is committed toward prevailing upon the public will in ceasing wrongs and in doing right. For our part, in words and deeds of coming days, we propose to produce a rational, reasoned manifesto for construction of an Indian future in America. If America has maintained faith with its original spirit, or may recognize it now, we should not be denied.
In an article back in 2005 Mikey Z. wrote:
Over the course of the occupation, over 5,600 American Indians took part — some for a day, some for the entire 18 months. Twenty-three year-old John Trudell, a Santee Sioux from San Bernardino, California heard about the occupation, packed a sleeping bag, and headed to Frisco. “He became the voice of Radio Free Alcatraz, a pirate station that broadcast from the island with the help of local stations” explains Winton. “When he hit the airwaves, the response was often overwhelming…” For the first time in modern American history, the plight of Native Americans was making headlines.
“Despite its chaos and factionalism, the event resulted in major benefits for American Indians,” Winton states. “Years later, Brad Patterson, a top aide to President Richard Nixon, cited at least ten major policy and law shifts.”