Holding the Rock: Occupation Alcatraz
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz
Location: ifa WeltRaum (Eingang B), Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart
Admission: 5.00 euros, reduced 3.00 euros, DAZ members free
Duration: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
In a dramatic siege, Native American activists rallied and took over Alcatraz, declaring the island „Home of the Free Indian Land“ – a witty play on the discovery of „empty“ America and an open criticism on the government’s treatment of their land rights justified by the Sioux Treaty of 1868. Starting just days before Thanksgiving on November 20, 1969, the media was abuzz for 19 months with stories of the reclaiming “the Rock” protests, with celebrities such as Marlon Brando and Jane Fonda voicing their support.
In this talk, LeAndra Nephin will have a close look on past events and evaluate how they have impacted the present. What is the relationship between Native Americans and the U.S. like today and have defining protests such as the occupation of Alcatraz not just made a mark, but also a difference?
With: LeAndra Nephin, Board of Directors for the Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project and Board Member for Beyond the Spectacle-Native North American Presence in Britain