Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering at Alcatraz
Alcatraz Cruises and the National Park Service host two annual Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremonies each year. This year, the gatherings will take place on Monday, October 8 and Thursday, November 22.
The Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering is a commemoration of the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz by the “Indians of All Tribes” and are one-day events. This is not the standard Alcatraz Island tour and all areas, with the exception of the ceremony location, are closed and inaccessible to the general public.
Held annually since 1975, the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony is an event that honors indigenous peoples of the Americas and promotes their rights. The ceremony commemorates the protest event of 1969, where the Alcatraz-Red Power Movement occupied the island. It is currently organized by the International Indian Treaty Council and American Indian Contemporary Arts.
The event is designed to commemorate the survival of Native American peoples following the settlement of Europeans in the Western Hemisphere, which led to enormous economic and cultural losses among the indigenous people due to disease, warfare and social disruption.
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