By Nicole Lapin and Jason Hanna
"It's easy to pass off the Alcatraz event as largely symbolic, but the truth is the spirit and dream of Alcatraz never died, it simply found its way to other fights," the Bratt brothers said. "Native sovereignty, repatriation, environmental justice, the struggle for basic human rights--these are the issues Native people were fighting for then, and are the same things we are fighting for today."
"It might have happened anyway, but Alcatraz had the attention of the nation, and it led to those changes being initiated in the White House," Glassner said.
For more on the subject, see 40th Anniversary of Alcatraz Occupation.
Below: "Adam Fortunate Eagle says the occupation was the most significant Native American event in more than a century."