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Your Call: Native American activism from Alcatraz to Standing Rock


The 1969 reclamation of Alcatraz Island sparked a national Red Power movement as Native Americans united to fight for land reclamation, environmental protection, human rights, cultural preservation, and sovereignty.

We’ll connect key activists involved in that movement with a young Native organizer. What can we learn from the Red Power movement? As we discuss race and history of the US, where are indigenous voices?

LaNada War Jack, member of the Shoshone Bannock tribe, leader of the 1969 Alcatraz occupation, and first Native American student at UC Berkeley


Eloy Martinez, member of Southern Ute tribe, participant in the Alcatraz 1969 occupation, and member of a group that still gathers on Alcatraz for sunrise ceremonies on Thanksgiving


Isabella Zizi, member of the Northern Cheyenne, Arikara, and Muskogee tribes, and founder of Earth Guardians Bay Area


Web Resources:


California Historical Society: Exploring Red Power in the 1960s

Earth Guardians


The Insurgent Narratives Project: Original Organizer from Occupation of Alcatraz


ABC 7 News: New mural at Alcatraz will honor Native American struggle for self-determination


NY Times: Antigovernment Graffiti Restored, Courtesy of Government


KQED: Kim Shuck, Cherokee Poet, Appointed San Francisco Poet Laureate 


East Bay Times: East Bay Activist, Lehman Brightman, Who Taught and Made History, Has Died


University of New Mexico Press: Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits






Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.