The Occupation of Alcatraz Island
Indian Self-Determination and the Rise of Indian Activism
The occupation of Alcatraz Island by American Indians from November 20, 1969, through June 11, 1971, focused the attention of the public on Native Americans and helped lead to the development of organized Indian activism.
In this first detailed examination of the takeover, Troy Johnson tells the story of those who organized the occupation and those who participated, some by living on the island and others by soliciting donations of money, food, water, clothing, or electrical generators.
Johnson documents growing unrest in the Bay Area urban Indian population and draws on interviews with those involved to describe everyday life on Alcatraz during the nineteen-month occupation. To describe the federal government's reactions as Americans rallied in support of the Indians, he turns to federal government archives and Nixon administration files. The book is a must read for historians and others interested in the civil rights era, Native American history, and contemporary American Indian issues.
To order online:
To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)
A Voice from Tatekeya's Earth
Alcatraz to the Longest Walk
Edited by Troy Johnson; Joane Nagel; and Duane Champagne
James S. Olson and Raymond Wilson
Native Americans in Chicago, 1945-75
James B. LaGrand
Wounded Knee and the Struggle for Indian Sovereignty
Mario Gonzalez and Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
Donal F. Lindsey
North American Indian Belief and Ritual
Robert L. Hall
Native Americans in the Midwest
Edited by R. David Edmunds