November 9, 1969. Repossession of Alcatraz Island

Fourteen American Indian activists re-occupy Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay and symbolically reclaim the island for Indian people, offering to purchase the island for $24 worth of glass beads and red cloth. On November 20, the symbolic dissent on Alcatraz Island turns into a full-scale re-occupation that lasts until June 11, 1971. One hundred Indian youth, primarily California college students, representing 20 tribes occupy Alcatraz Island and demand the establishment of a center for Native studies, and centers for American Indian spirituality, ecology, and training.

March 8, 1970. Re-occupation of Fort Lawton

American Indian Movement activists join with local Seattle-area Native activists and members of "Indians of All Tribes" to re-enter Fort Lawton, an active U.S. Army Reserve base in northwest Seattle, on March 8, 1970. Federal authorities serve eviction notices to the activists. The U.S. Army then takes 78 Indians into custody following the group’s second attempt to repossess Fort Lawton on March 15, 1970. Government officials identify Indians whom they consider to be leaders and agitators from the March 8 occupation and arraign these Natives before a federal commissioner.

July 24, 1994. Statement to UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples

United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, 12th Session
27 July 1994 - Geneva, Switzerland
Statement of the International Confederation of Autonomous Chapters of the American Indian Movement

Madame Chair:

On behalf of the Confederation of Autonomous Chapters of the American Indian Movement, I bring congratulations to you on your re-election as Chair of the Working Group, and greetings to our indigenous relatives and allies.

AFN Statement of Unity: In Honour of our Peoples and Our Land, December 2012

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The following statement was adopted unanimously by Chiefs in Assembly December 6, 2012.

We, the original peoples of Turtle Island hereby assert our sovereignty as Nations, entrusted to us by the Creator,

As First Nations peoples, we are guided by principles of peace, harmony and respect; we are also bestowed with the responsibility by the Creator to defend our territories, including traditional and Treaty lands,

We have maintained these principles despite the imposition of illegal government legislation and policies against our citizens,

Idle No More - PRESS RELEASE December 2012

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Idle No More began with 4 women, Nina Wilson, Sheelah Mclean, Sylvia McAdam and Jessica Gordon, sharing a vision of bringing together all people to ensure we create ways of protecting Mother Earth, her lands, waters and people. The women began discussing the possible impacts that some of the legislation would carry if people do not do something. It became very evident that the women MUST do something about the colonial, unilateral and paternalistic legislation being pushed through the Government of Canada’s parliamentary system.

Freedmen controversy, what's your stance?

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(This may belong in the Land rights/Treaty Rights section but I'm not too sure if it really needs/should be there)
Ok so how do you feel about the 5 civilized tribes ( Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw) tribes dispelling their Freedmen citizens? Do you support that? Or do you think that they should be able to be enrolled tribal members just like members by blood?
I fully support tribal sovereignty but I do not know if I fully support those tribes decisions in doing these things, so I would like to hear how everybody feels about this issue.

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