FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA: On the morning of Thursday, November 28th, 2019 the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) will host the 41st Annual Indigenous Peoples Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering at Alcatraz Island, Ohlone Territory. This year’s gathering will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz occupation. It will honor the veterans of that historic event for Indigenous Peoples, which was organized by a group of Indian students and young people calling themselves “Indians of All Tribes”. It began on November 20th, 1969, and lasted 19 months, sparking international attention and an Indigenous Peoples movement for rights and justice which continues to this day.
“It’s very important that we continue to carry out these gatherings twice a year on this sacred and historic place to tell the truth about our histories, share our cultures and commemorate and give thanks to all those who have gone before us and who left us these ways, no matter what they had to sacrifice. We also give thanks for the lives of our children and future generations and recommit ourselves to do whatever is needed to protect Mother Earth and our ways of life so that they can survive and thrive.”
~ Andrea Carmen, IITC Executive Director