Sunrise on Alcatraz Island previous Indigenous Peoples’ Sunrise Ceremony
Photo Credit: LaNada War Jack
Best alternative to Columbus Day in San Francisco area on Monday
Published October 11, 2015
ALCATRAZ ISLAND-American Indians and their allies will gather for Indigneous Peoples’ Day Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay early Monday morning.
It is an annual event that provides a strong alternative to those who celebrate Columbus Day.
Tomorrow’s celebtation will be the 32nd time in the last 33 years, the American Indian community has journeyed to Alcatraz Island. The only interruption in the long tradition came two years ago when the event was canceled due to the federal government shutdown. Alcatraz Island is operated by the U.S. Parks Service, therefore the event had to be canceled.
Hundreds of American Indians will participate in the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Sunrise Gathering
The event also commemorates the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz Island by the “Indians of All Tribes.”American Indians consider Alcatraz Island sacred because it is an island where Ohlone ancestors held ceremonies for centuries.
If you are going
The ticket booth opens at 4:15am and boats will depart Pier 33 at approximately 5:00am, 5:15am and 5:45am. We encourage you to purchase and print tickets on the web. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 415-981-7625 (ROCK) or from the ticket booth at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. The ticket booth opens at 4:15am on Monday, October 12, 2015 and general admission is $11.00 per person. Children under 5 years of age are free.
KPFA, https://kpfa.org will be broadcasting from ‘the rock’ so tune in and share the good prayers and energy!
This one-day event is sponsored by the Intenational Indian Treaty Council.