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Haaland at Alcatraz: “I am here. We are here. And we’re not going anywhere”

The crisp, clear San Francisco morning began with a prayer circle on Alcatraz.

Fifty two years ago, Native Americans from all over the U.S. touched down on the island to fight for Indigenous rights, where they would remain for 19 months in a landmark struggle known as the Occupation of Alcatraz. On Saturday, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to serve as a U.S. cabinent secretary, visited the island to highlight the progress made over the past five decades by Indigenous peoples.

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