Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was honored at the Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island on Thursday. Native News Online photo by Christopher Burquez
Published November 23, 2017
ALCATRAZ ISLAND – Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has drawn criticism from President Trump for taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem at the beginning of National Football League games last year, showed up on Alcatraz Island to lend his support to American Indians at the annual “Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony.” Kaepernick wore a t-shirt bearing the image of Sitting Bull.
“I realize that our fight for our justice, for our freedom, and realizing that we’re in this fight together makes it all the more powerful,” Kaepernick said as he addressed the crowd, that was organized by the International Indian Treaty Council.
“If there is one thing I take away from today and seeing the beauty of everyone out here, it’s that we are only getting stronger every day, we’re only getting larger and larger every day. I see strength in everybody,” he continued. “The dancing, the rituals – that is our resistance. We continue to fight. We continue to fight for justice. We fight for our freedom, and we continue on that path.”
Thursday’s event was not the first time Kaepernick showed his support for American Indian causes. Last December, Kaepernick gave $50,000 to the the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic Partnership at Standing Rock during the resistance by American Indians to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was honored Thursday by Fred Short, spiritual leader of the American Indian Movement. Native News Online photo by Christopher Burquez. Native News Online photo by Christopher Burquez
Kaepernick addresses the crowd. Native News Online photo by Christopher Burquez
Colin Kaepernick: “We continue to fight for justice.” Native News Online photo by Norm Sands
Keapernick sees strength in numbers. Native News Online photo by Norm Sands
Norm Sands contributed to this article from San Francisco.