“Alcatraz is not an island, it's an idea,” proclaimed Richard Oakes, a Mohawk ironworker, student, and co-leader of the 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz. In New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty greets visitors; at the Golden Gate, they would encounter a former federal prison reclaimed as a symbol of Native treaty rights and freedom. Fifty years later, Dr. LaNada War Jack a Shoshone-Bannock tribal member and co-leader of the Occupation, and Julian Brave NoiseCat of Oakland and the Canin Lake Band Tsq’escen, who is a co-founder of the Alcatraz Canoe Journey
, gather the voices of Indigenous writers, artists, activists, and scholars to explore the ongoing legacy of this galvanizing idea. Alcatraz Is Not an Island
is published in conjunction with Alcatraz: An Unfinished Occupation
, a four-part speaker series organized by the Alcatraz Canoe Journey in partnership with a host of local non-profit and state organizations.