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Remembering the Occupation of Alcatraz

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the American Indian Movement’s occupation of Alcatraz. Below is a brief video history of Alcatraz Island.

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Beginning in 1934, Alcatraz Island served as a federal prison for inmates that were especially violent or had a high risk of escape.


Notorious criminals including Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly were inmates of Alcatraz. The prison closed in 1963.

On the morning of November 20, 1969, 76 Native Americans arrived on Alcatrez Island and began their occupation.

A rotating group of Native Americans occupied the island for 19 months, during which brought worldwide media attention to the plight of the Native Americans. On June 11, 1971, government officers forced the occupying people off the island.

Today, Alcatraz Island serves as a popular tourist destination.


View more Alcatraz Island stock footage.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Nov 20, 05:48 PM
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