Women of Many Nations

On January 1, 2011

Mother, grand mother, daughter, activist, leader, educator, tribal chair, registered nurse, physician, student, musician, artist, administrative officer and Ph.D. in political science

Interviewed: October 2010 – January 2011

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay has always been sacred to the Ohlone and to Indigenous people of this continent. However, the US government used the island as a military prison and jailed many American Indian war and spiritual leaders to eradicate Native Americans’ identity, culture and land during the “Conquest of the West.”

In 1934, the U.S. government turned the island into a federal prison. 29 years later, the prison was closed and became federal surplus property. Federal law requires that surplus property goes back to indigenous people. As a result, in 1964, Sioux landing party claimed the island under this provision in their treaty and claimed Alcatraz on behalf of all American Indian people. This claim was ignored and in 1969, the city of San Francisco approved a Texas millionaire’s development plan on the island. This is when Native American students in San Francisco Bay area claimed the island again on behalf of all American Indian people, beginning the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz.

This is the story of the American Indian women of many nations whose lives have been transformed through the 1969-1971 Alcatraz occupation. In this story, these women share their connection to Alcatraz, how the occupation has continued to impact their lives today and what they hope to see on Alcatraz in the future. They are the women who remind us that they are still here. As women, they are the care takers, peace makers and nurtures who continue to inspire future generations.

Coming soon! – This documentary will be shown on Alcatraz Island as a part of public education. Please check back this page again for more details.

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