CIVIL RIGHTS

March 14, 1970. BIA Office Takeovers

American Indian activists occupy the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) office in Denver, Colorado. This protest against anti-Indian employment practices was incited by an incident in Littleton, Colorado where a Native woman applied for a position as school counselor working with Indian children and was turned down despite her qualifications for the job.

March 23, 1970. BIA Office Takeovers

At the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) office in Alameda, California approximately 50 American Indian activists protest job discrimination in addition to other grievances. Approximately 30 Indians occupy the BIA offices and eventually 12 are arrested, including five from the earlier action at Alcatraz Island. Richard Oakes, one of the 12 remaining occupiers, refuses to leave the office but finally submits peacefully to the police three hours later. The Indian participants are released and scheduled for a court appearance on April 3, 1970.

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