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Thursday Nov 22, 2012 (4:45–6am)
“On Thanksgiving Day in 1969, a group of Native American activists gained control of Alcatraz Island. Their stand: The land was theirs according to the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie stating that any idle government-owned territory be returned to the indigenous tribes from which it was taken. The occupation lasted 19 months and drew worldwide attention to the civil rights violations being perpetrated on the American Indian population. Though Thanksgiving is, to many, mostly about gobbling turkey while dressed in Pilgrim garb, there is another side to its history that's worth remembering. Today at sunrise, head to Alcatraz Island to observe a tribute to our country's native ancestors. Expect percussion, dance, and enlightenment as you're greeted by the dawn.”
Please note that there are no regular Alcatraz tours offered on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012. All participants in the Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering must return to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing on the last boat, which will depart Alcatraz Island at approximately 8:45am. This is a one day event. Boats will depart Pier 33 every 15 minutes from 4:45am to 6:00am. The Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering is a commemoration of the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz by the "Indians of All Tribes."