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Change and Resistance: Civil Rights Movements Across the Nation #1061 The Declaration by the occupiers of Alcatraz Island, the Indians of All Tribes

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Date: May 30, 1970
Location: San Francisco, California
Photographer: Ilka Hartmann
Source: Ilka Hartmann

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The Declaration by the occupiers of Alcatraz Island, the Indians of All Tribes.

The Declaration was originally thought to be written on a buffalo hide; however, it was actually a cowhide. This Declaration was a humorous, tongue-in-cheek statement by the local Bay Area Indian community, stating why the poor conditions of Alcatraz were perfectly suitable for Indians. The bleak and rugged conditions of ‘The Rock’ were strikingly like those on reservations.

Download a transcript of The Declaration (PDF)

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