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#052--November 18, 1999; MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
phone: 415/338-1665

On eve of 30th anniversary of Alcatraz Island takeover,
American Indians to hold major conference at S.F. State

Conference Friday, Nov. 19 at S.F. State

WHAT: Participants in the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island --- which began 30 years ago on Saturday, Nov. 20 --- as well as dozens of scholars, students and American Indian community leaders gather at San Francisco State University for a conference on the significance of the takeover and American Indian activism today.

WHEN AND WHERE: Friday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center on the San Francisco State University campus, 1600 Holloway Ave.

WHO WILL BE THERE: Keynote speaker LaNada Boyer and Mickey Gemmil, who were both Bay Area college student leaders in the occupation; noted historian Troy Johnson of CSU Long Beach, who has written several books on the Alcatraz Island occupation; Millie Ketchesawno, founder of "Un-Thanksgiving Day;" and Angela Gonzales, conference organizer and assistant professor of American Indian Studies at S.F. State.

DETAILS: The conference, "Red Power: Thirty Years of American Indian Activism in the San Francisco Bay Area," is expected to draw dozens of American Indians who will examine the legacy of the 19-month takeover of Alcatraz Island and what it has meant for the American Indian community today.


  • 9:30 a.m. --- Keynote address by LaNada Boyer, an organizer of the takeover.
  • 10:30 a.m. --- American Indian student activism with faculty and former students who helped found American Indian Studies at S.F. State.
  • 1 p.m. --- The urban American Indian community today with officials from American Indian community organizations.
  • 3 p.m. --- Alcatraz Island and the reclaiming of Indian land with participants in the takeover, National Park Service officials and historians.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Angela Gonzales of the American Indian Studies Department at S.F. State at (415) 338-2013 or (510) 525-3317. For additional assistance, call Ted DeAdwyler of the S.F. State Public Affairs Office at (415) 338-7110.


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