Mayday! Mayday! The Indians Have Landed!
A Zine About the Occupation of Alcatraz
This educational zine is about the indigenous land back activist movement in the 60s and 70s. The zine opens with this quote from Dr. LaNada War Jack, "we wanted to bring to the forefront that every single one of [more than 500] treaties were broken by the federal government. We were going through the termination era, when the states imposed taxes and would eventually take over our land. It was pretty dangerous legislation. They took [a lot of] California, Oregon, and Washington. At the same time, they were practicing sterilization on women through the Indian Health Service. [Prior to] the 1890s, they had made our religion and culture illegal. We'd been living in that environment, just going through the genocide, and they passed laws to take all the children and put them into boarding schools to assimilate us. It was their way of getting rid of the 'Indian problem.'"
Amber goes on to explain the Indian Termination Policy and Relocation Policy accompanied by collaged photos and headlines from the time period. She then tells the story of how in the wake of the San Francisco Indian Center burning down Richard Oakes (Mohawk), LaNada War Jack (Shoshone Bannock tribes), and 12 other activists cited the provisions in the Fort Laramie Treaty that stated unused federal lands could be open to claims by certain Native Americans and were the first to set sail to occupy Alcatraz. What follows is a 19 month residence that inspires civil disobedience to this day.