Published October 12, 2017
Native News Online photos by Arthur Jacobs.
ALCATRAZ ISLAND – As they have since the occupation of Alcatraz Island 48 years ago, American Indians and their allies gathered for Indigneous Peoples’ Day Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay early Monday morning.
It is an annual event that provides a strong alternative to those who celebrate Columbus Day. This year marked the 525 years of Indigenous resistance to when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Western Hemisphere in 1492.
The event was sponsored by AIM-West and the International Indian Treaty Council.
“Forty-eight years ago when Alcatraz Occupation took place, I was here. Your presence today is medicine,” said, Lenny Foster (Navajo), who is the spiritual advisor to Leonard Peltier. ”
Lenny Foster also attended the ceremony and enjoyed the movie and the sunrise ceremony the following day on Alcatraz that started in the pre-dawn morning.
Photos by Arthur Jacobs
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