blog of photos taken with a camera by me



Eloy Martinez, a Southern Ute, from Oakland, California, poses for a portrait at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. Mr. Martinez, as a student at UC Berkeley, was one of the first to arrive on Alcatraz at the beginning of the 17 month occupation beginning in late 1969. Between November 20, 1969 and June 11, 1971, Alcatraz was occupied by a group called Indians of All Tribes (IAT), protesting the U.S. government’s economic, social and political policies toward Native Americans and calling for the handover of the island. The National Park Service has preserved many of the graffiti from that occupation and has recently rebuilt a water tower and in red paint, replicated the original line of graffiti reading  “Peace and Freedom. Welcome. Home of the Free Indian Land.” 




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