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American Indian Activism

Alcatraz to the Longest Walk

The American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island was the catalyst for a more generalized movement in which Native Americans from across the country have sought redress of grievances, attempting to right the many wrongs committed against them.

In this volume, some of the dominant scholars in the field chronicle and analyze Native American activism of the 1960s and 1970s. Much of what is included here began as a special issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal; the introduction has been extensively modified and one chapter deleted. Importantly, the new first chapter provides extended background and historical analysis of the Alcatraz takeover and discusses its place in contemporary Indian activism.

Contributors include: Karren Baird-Olson, LaNada Boyer, Edward D. Castillo, Duane Champagne, Ward Churchill, Vine Deloria, Jr., Tim Findley, Jack D. Forbes, Adam (Nordwall) Fortunate Eagle, Lenny Foster, John Garvey, George P. Horse Capture, Troy Johnson, Luis S. Kemnitzer, Woody Kipp, Joane Nagel, Robert A. Rundstrom, Steve Talbot


"A well-researched, provocative, and moving volume that . . . collectively argues that Alcatraz set in motion a new revitalization movement among and by Native Americans that continues to the present. American Indian Activism offers a powerful presentation that will be invaluable for anyone interested in American Indian history and contemporary affairs."--Clifford E. Trafzer (Wyandot), author of Death Stalks the Yakama

"The leadership, theories, and commitment that have fueled the continuing Native Nations' struggles for survival and sovereignty were midwived during the nearly two-year liberation of the island of Alcatraz. For courses in Native American/ethnic studies, in United States history, in anthropology, and for the general public, this is essential reading!"--Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, California State University, Hayward


Troy Johnson, an associate professor in the American Indian Studies Program at California State University, Long Beach, is the author of The Occupation of Alcatraz Island: Indian Self-Determination and the Rise of Indian Activism. Joane Nagel, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas, is the author of American Indian Ethnic Renewal: Red Power and the Resurgence of Identity and Culture. Duane Champagne is director of the American Studies Center at the University of California at Los Angeles and the author of Social Order and Political Change: Constitutional Governments among the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Creek.

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