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Wednesday, Nov 20 2013

Getting to the Indigenous People's Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering won't be easy. It's held on Alcatraz Island, so making it before the sun comes up will involve a cold and probably fog-shrouded boat ride into the Bay. But for those who feel uncomfortable celebrating a holiday ripe with heavy tones of Manifest Destiny, or anyone wary of Black Friday's relentless push backwards into Thanksgiving Day, the Sunrise Gathering will provide the perfect counterpoint. It's a 30-year tradition that commemorates the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz by the Indians of All Tribes in 1969. The morning serves as a family gathering, a rally for Native American rights, and an educational event for anyone curious about native culture. This year's gathering features traditional music and dance performances from the Pomo and Mexica tribes and All Nations Drum. There is also a welcoming ceremony by Ohlone storyteller and activist Ann Marie Sayers, and speeches from Lenny Foster and Radley Davis of the International Indian Treaty Council.

Thu., Nov. 28, 5 a.m., 2013

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