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Online Lecture: Alcatraz, Activism & the American Indian Movement

Program No. 24763RJ
Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, at 2 p.m. (ET)/ 11 a.m. (PT), for a one-hour lecture and Q&A about how activism at Alcatraz influenced the American Indian Movement.
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At a Glance

In 1964, a year after the closing of Alcatraz, a group of Native Americans led by Sioux activists Bella Cottier and Hank Means occupied the island for 24 hours to protest the U.S. breaking their treaties. Five years later, American Indian Movement members — including Hank’s son Russell — led over 100 activists of the United Tribes to claim the island, subject to the 1868 treaty of Fort Laramie which stated abandoned or unused territories would be returned to the original inhabitants. Join writer and filmmaker James Dalessandro in a discussion about how this 19-month occupation changed public awareness of the Native American plight.

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event.

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