Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover

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Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover

Southern Ute was one of the original occupiers
Eloy Martinez, a Southern Ute who took part in the Native American occupation, raises a fist Wednesday while making his way to ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the occupation on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists. Original occupiers, friends, family and others assembled Wednesday morning for a program that included prayer, songs and speakers.
Theda New Breast, left, and Aurora Mamea, of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana, make their way to ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco.
People make their way past a teepee and large photographs that are part of an exhibit for the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco.
Dennis Turner, who took part in the Native American occupation, begins to repaint and restore messages painted above the main dock on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists.
Sacheen Littlefeather, second from right in the front row, listens to ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists. Original occupiers, friends, family and others assembled Wednesday morning for a program that included prayer, songs and speakers. They then headed to the dock to begin restoring messages painted by occupiers on a former barracks building. In 1973 Littlefeather represented Marlon Brando at the Oscars to decline his Best Actor award.
Kanyon Sayers-Woods sings during ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists.
Tyrone Herbert Simmons, of Auburn, Wash., wears a red fist necklace while waiting to board a boat to attend ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco.
An Indians of All Tribes identification card is on display as part of an exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists.
On Nov. 12, 2019, Eloy Martinez, who took part in the Native American occupation of Alcatraz 50 years earlier, stands in the cell that he used to sleep in and looks out at tourists visiting the island in San Francisco.
On Nov. 12, 2019, Eloy Martinez, who took part in the Native American occupation of Alcatraz 50 years earlier, stands by a teepee on the island and looks out toward the bay and Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The week of Nov. 18, 2019, marks 50 years since the beginning of a months-long Native American occupation at Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay.
On Nov. 26, 1969, Native Americans play ball games at the main dock area on Alcatraz in San Francisco during their occupation of the island. The week of Nov. 18, 2019, marks 50 years since the beginning of a months-long Native American occupation at Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. The demonstration by dozens of tribal members had lasting effects for tribes, raising awareness of life on and off reservations, galvanizing activists and spurring a shift in federal policy toward self-determination.

Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover

Eloy Martinez, a Southern Ute who took part in the Native American occupation, raises a fist Wednesday while making his way to ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the occupation on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists. Original occupiers, friends, family and others assembled Wednesday morning for a program that included prayer, songs and speakers.
Theda New Breast, left, and Aurora Mamea, of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana, make their way to ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco.
People make their way past a teepee and large photographs that are part of an exhibit for the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco.
Dennis Turner, who took part in the Native American occupation, begins to repaint and restore messages painted above the main dock on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists.
Sacheen Littlefeather, second from right in the front row, listens to ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists. Original occupiers, friends, family and others assembled Wednesday morning for a program that included prayer, songs and speakers. They then headed to the dock to begin restoring messages painted by occupiers on a former barracks building. In 1973 Littlefeather represented Marlon Brando at the Oscars to decline his Best Actor award.
Kanyon Sayers-Woods sings during ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists.
Tyrone Herbert Simmons, of Auburn, Wash., wears a red fist necklace while waiting to board a boat to attend ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco.
An Indians of All Tribes identification card is on display as part of an exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists.
On Nov. 12, 2019, Eloy Martinez, who took part in the Native American occupation of Alcatraz 50 years earlier, stands in the cell that he used to sleep in and looks out at tourists visiting the island in San Francisco.
On Nov. 12, 2019, Eloy Martinez, who took part in the Native American occupation of Alcatraz 50 years earlier, stands by a teepee on the island and looks out toward the bay and Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The week of Nov. 18, 2019, marks 50 years since the beginning of a months-long Native American occupation at Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay.
On Nov. 26, 1969, Native Americans play ball games at the main dock area on Alcatraz in San Francisco during their occupation of the island. The week of Nov. 18, 2019, marks 50 years since the beginning of a months-long Native American occupation at Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. The demonstration by dozens of tribal members had lasting effects for tribes, raising awareness of life on and off reservations, galvanizing activists and spurring a shift in federal policy toward self-determination.
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