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The first Spaniard to discover the island was Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775, who charted San Francisco Bay and named the island “La Isla de los Alcatraces,” which translates as “The Island of the Pelicans,” from the archaic Spanish alcatraz, “pelican”, a word which was borrowed originally from Arabic: al-qaṭrās, meaning sea eagle.


Last Friday, I posted a well received interview with Ilka Hartmann, a photographer of the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz. In a quick follow up I wanted to share with you two things:

1. The above photo because I think it is wonderful.

2. CNN’s feature in which Adam Fortunate Eagle talks of the effect the Occupation – the most important event in Native American history since the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn – had for establishing and progressing the Native American’s call for awareness, rights and reparation.


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