Not Your Indians Anymore: Alcatraz and the Red Power Movement, 1969-1971

Sponsored by Onondaga Community College

This traveling exhibit is titled, “Not Your Indians Anymore: Alcatraz and the Red Power Movement, 1969-1971,” curated Dr. Kent Blansett, a Native scholar and an assistant professor of History and Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. It will open on October 26th and close Sunday, January 20th, 2019. An official opening reception will take place on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 beginning at 5:30pm. The evening will include a book talk by Curator Dr. Kent Blansett on his latest book, which is the first published autobiography of Richard Oakes, entitled: A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement. The gift shop will have copies available for purchase. The opening reception is free and open to the public. 

The exhibit is a political and historical biography on the early Red Power activist, Richard Oakes – a Mohawk ironworker from Akwesasne, NY – who became politically active in the late 1960’s in San Francisco. Oakes led the symbolic occupation of Alcatraz that gained national attention for Native issues and heralded the coming Red Power movement.
The exhibit contains a number of archival photographs, newspapers, and broadcasts from the occupation and the Red Power Movement, as well as a film loop of footage taken during the occupation of Alcatraz, for which Skä·noñh has been given the rights to show. There are also three main explanation boards that provide background on the occupation, which will be strategically placed at the beginning, middle, and end of the exhibit. 

Images shown courtesy of the Omaha World-Herald.