Friday, October 7, 2011

Indigenous Peoples Day: 10 October 2011

Commemorating 519 years of Indigenous Peoples Resistance and Resiliency on Alcatraz Island

The International Indian Treaty Council and American Indian Contemporary Arts cordially invite you to attend "Indigenous Peoples Day - Commemorating 519 Years of Indigenous Resistance and Honoring Struggles to Protect our Sacred Places". This event will be held at sunrise on Monday, October 10, 2011, on Alcatraz Island in the Ohlone Territory (San Francisco).

Why celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day? This celebration allows us to redefine what popular society now calls "Columbus Day" and change a celebration of colonialism and genocide into an opportunity to share and educate about the true impacts of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and express our solidarity with Indigenous struggles for rights and survival in California and throughout the continent. It is also an opportunity to honor the vibrancy and resiliency of Indigenous Peoples cultures and ways of life. This celebration of 519 years of resistance features Aztec and Pomo dancers, drummers, performers and speakers and an honoring of the defenders of Sogorea Te (Glen Cove).

The ticket box office opens at 4:15 a.m. and the first boat will depart Pier 33 for the island at 5:15 a.m. Tickets are $11 for adults and children under the age of 5 are free. This event is wheelchair accessible and we encourage you to dress warmly. You can purchase tickets in advance by clicking HERE. Local radio station, KPFA 94.1 will be simulcasting from 6-7 a.m. and online at:

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Mark Anquoe by phone: (415) 641-4482, by email:, or visit

No sales of any kind will be allowed at this event. No leafleting permitted. Absolutely NO alcohol or drugs of any kind.

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