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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 2, 2002 - Issue 73


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Alcatraz - Is Not an Island

Tipi on AlcatrazOn November 7, PBS will air an important documentary. Along with the program, PBS has a website devoted to the film, complete with lesson plans. Learn how the federal government's assimilation policies led to the Native occupation of Alcatraz in 1969. Read about the historical climate of the time and find out how Alcatraz became a rallying point for unified Indian political activism.

Native American history has been entwined with the island of Alcatraz for hundreds of years. Hear a retelling of the Pit River peoples' oral history of the island's creation. Trace the history of the island from when Natives used Alcatraz to its genesis as a prison at the turn of the 20th century. Learn why and how Native Americans reclaimed the island.

Indian Activism
Use the interactive timeline to explore events up to and influenced by the Alcatraz occupation in shaping the rights of Native Americans for generations to come. Find out about important Indian civil and human rights victories that followed the island takeover.

The People
Hear and see what key Native American activists have to say about their role in staking claim to "The Rock."

Discuss the impact and historical implications of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz.

The Film
Learn about the filmmakers.

Check out links to books, articles, Web sites and films on Native American history, the occupation of Alcatraz and Indian activism today.

Learn more about the film at:

Independent Television Service

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