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Native American Resource Center Library

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In November 1969, Alcatraz Island became the rallying point for a pivotal event in Native American civil rights history.

The island, which had been vacated by the Bureau of Prisons in 1963, came under the control of a group of committed Indian activists, determined to force the American government to make good on its treaties and agreements with their various tribes.