Program

The Occupation of Alcatraz

A conversation with two original Alcatraz Occupiers about the context in which the Occupation occurred; energy and intent behind the Occupation; immediate impacts of the Occupation on policy, politics and culture in Indian Country; and reasons the Occupation is equally relevant 50 years later. Moderator Julian Brave NoiseCat (Canin Lake Band Tsq’escen), Narrative Change Director for The Natural History Museum, will also discuss contemporary Indigenous activism.

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The Indigenous Canoe Movement

A conversation with three Indigenous leaders from across North America rebuilding canoe and maritime traditions in their own communities. All will also speak to the challenges and positive impacts of canoe culture on Indigenous communities and the environmental movement.

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The Indigenous Environmental Movement

Three Indigenous millennial activists will speak to the role of indigenous peoples in protecting water, land and biodiversity in the face of environmental and moral hazards including fossil fuel extraction and climate change.

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Landless in the Bay Area

Three leaders of traditional Bay Area territories will speak from the heart about historical and contemporary events that have left them landless and without federal recognition, the impact of this situation on their people, the work they are doing to reclaim culture and re-assert their claim to these lands, and why Indigenous presence matters as San Francisco emerges as one of the wealthiest cities on the planet and a hub for tech corporations and real estate speculation.

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Alcatraz Canoe Journey 2019

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2019, canoes representing tribes from as far North as Canada and as far West as Hawaii will converge on San Francisco Bay for a paddle around Alcatraz Island to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz and stand in solidarity for the water, the land, the air, and future generations.

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