Matriarchy is a concept that all Indigenous people worldwide practiced at one time until they were corrupted. Ours was taken away under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, in which they set up our tribal governments in the same format as any other municipality. Even though the men won’t recognize it, they’re going through that colonization process and they have to be woken up.

-LaNada War Jack in conversation with Teen Vogue

I don’t remember this being the case when I was a teenager, but Teen Vogue has some amazing reporting happening now including this interview with LaNada War Jack. In the interview War Jack provides some background on the occupation and how women were instrumental in sustaining it for nearly two years. Read the full interview here.

This topic came up again a few weeks ago when I was able to see Tommy Orange speak in Boise, ID about his debut novel There, There. I haven’t read the novel yet, but from the excerpts Orange read I can’t wait. In the book there is a section about the occupation from the perspective of women occupiers. I will quote an excerpt for you once I get the book.

I’ve started some casual internet research about the Occupation as a consequence of these two experiences. I will post items of interest here as I come across them.

The first is an article about Radio Free Alcatraz, broadcast from the island by Occupier John Trudell.

The article includes audio excerpts from the archives.

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