SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For Eloy Martinez, returning to Alcatraz Island meant a joyous reunion with people he hadn't seen in decades. It also brought a renewed sense of hope and pride.
Martinez was among about 150 people who took windy boat rides to the island Wednesday for the first of three days of events marking the 50th anniversary of the island's takeover by Native American activists. Martinez, who is Southern Ute, was one the original occupiers.
"It's a day full of smiles, seeing all the people that we hadn't seen — some I hadn't seen in 50 years," the 80-year-old said. "I wish ... indigenous people could all be here and see all these people here today making the statement that we're still here, and we're going to be here, and we're still resisting