Détournement, Decolonization, and the American Indian Occupation of Alcatraz Island (1969–1971)

  title={D{\'e}tournement, Decolonization, and the American Indian Occupation of Alcatraz Island (1969–1971)},
  author={Casey Ryan Kelly},
  journal={Rhetoric Society Quarterly},
  pages={168 - 190}
  • C. Kelly
  • Published 15 March 2014
  • Sociology
  • Rhetoric Society Quarterly
On November 20, 1969, eighty-nine American Indians calling themselves the “Indians of All Tribes” (IOAT) invaded Alcatraz Island. The group’s founding proclamation was addressed to “the Great White Father and All His People,” and declared “We, the Native Americans, reclaim the land known as Alcatraz Island in the name of all American Indians by right of discovery” (2). Tongue-in-cheek, the IOAT offered to purchase Alcatraz Island for “twenty-four dollars in glass beads and red clothe.” In this… 
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