Indians Celebrate, Mourn Thanksgiving at Dawn on Alcatraz

40-year tradition at former prison continues tomorrow.

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    The first occupy in the Bay Area began not in 2011, but 40 years ago.

    A group of American Indians remember, and are thankful, even as they mourn.

    The dawn ceremony on Alcatraz Island tomorrow, open to all people, is a reminder of the occupation of the former federal prison by tribal activists in the 1970s, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    The Indigenous Peoples' Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering is also a time to mourn.

    While Europeans may give thanks and feast on Thanksgiving, and retell the "myth" of tribal people assisting the Pilgrims in Massachusetts in 1621, Indians know too well that whatever friendship there was soon turned to war.

    Boats depart Pier 33 for the island beginning at 4:45 a.m., with the last boat at 6 a.m. Sunrise is expected at 7:04 a.m.

    Tickets are $14.

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