The Occupation of Alcatraz Turns 50, But the Impact of the Movement Lives On
Alcatraz is far more than a 22-acre island in San Francisco Bay, far more than the location of a former federal prison, and far more than a cursory tourist destination. Fifty years ago, it became a site of Native American activism that forever changed government policy and asserted the organizing power of a united Indigenous people.
Old tapes hold a snapshot of region’s history
"Everything that's (in the past) isn't left behind because it wasn't valuable. A lot of valuable information and cultural ways just disappear for other reasons," said Bob Curtis-Johnson, of SummitDay Media. "This gives us a way to refer to those and think about them. I think that's a valuable resource — kind of a treasure bank we can hold onto."