On this edition of Your Call, Kent Blansett discusses his new book, A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement.
The Occupation of Alcatraz marked a critical turning point for Native American justice. Richard Oakes, a Mohawk, was one of the young activists who took the island 50 years ago. He wrote, "Alcatraz is not an island. It’s an idea." He was assassinated in 1972.
Kent Blansett, associate professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha and author of A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement