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Interior Sec. Deb Haaland to Visit Alcatraz Island to Commemorate the 52nd Anniversary of its Occupation

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Interior Sec. Deb Haaland to Visit Alcatraz Island to Commemorate the 52nd Anniversary of its Occupation

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced on Thursday Secretary Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) will vacation to Alcatraz Island on Nov. 20 for the 52nd anniversary of the occupation of the island by Native American learners in November 1969.

Indians of All Tribes is internet hosting the commemoration on Saturday.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific Time that will consist of a welcome and land acknowledgement.

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In modern times, Alcatraz Island has come to be a symbol to American Indians. It is a image of both equally wrestle and hope. The affinity American Indians has with Alcatraz Island goes deep. For yrs, the island was dwelling to a federal penitentiary there. Called the “Rock,” the penitentiary’s most renowned inmate was notorious gangster Al Capone.

After the jail shut in 1963, American Indians commenced to petition the federal federal government to place it into “Indian land.”

From November 1969 to July 1971, a group of American Indians took above and occupied Alcatraz Island led by Mohawk, Richard Oakes Dr. LaNada War Jack Grace Thorpe, Sac and Fox, who was the daughter of Olympic excellent, Jim Thorpe and Tuscarora drugs gentleman, Mad Bear Anderson. The group was called the Alcatraz Purple Electricity Motion and was also acknowledged as the “Indians of All Tribes.”

LaNada War Jack speaking. Still left to right, Rochelle Diver (IITC), LaNada War Jack, Andrea Carmen (Exec. Dir. IITC), Cody Blackbird. (Image/Christopher Burquez for Indigenous News On the web)

Whilst on Alcatraz Island, Haaland will give remarks that outline development in Indian Place and the path ahead to fortify Indigenous communities in the years forward. according to the Inside Department’s push launch.

Haaland’s excursion will come on the heels of the White Property Tribal Nations Summit. It was the 1st these party in five years. Throughout the Obama presidency, his administration held a White Property tribal nations meeting for 8 consecutive yrs. The high-degree meetings by no means took area for the duration of the failed presidency of Donald Trump.

This year’s White House Tribal Nations Summit supplied an opportunity for the Biden-Harris administration and tribal leaders from the 574 federally acknowledged tribes to talk about techniques the federal govt can commit in and strengthen the nation-to-country romantic relationship as well as ensure that progress in Indian State endures for years to occur. 

WHAT: Secretary Deb Haaland to produce remarks on development, justice and equity for Indigenous peoples

Where: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

WHEN: Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. PT

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