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Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, And The Red Power Movement

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  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.

Guest:

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