Scholar to Discuss American Indian Activism

Dec. 3 lecture features Troy Johnson, known for research on occupation of Alcatraz Island; blessing ceremony for California Center for Native Nations planned Dec. 4

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Troy Johnson, chair of the Department of American Indian Studies and Department of Anthropology at California State University, Long Beach, will discuss “American Indian Activism: The Road to Alcatraz,” on Monday, Dec. 3, at the University of California, Riverside. The noon lecture will be held in the Costo Library, located on the fourth floor of the Rivera Library.

Johnson is internationally known for his scholarship in the field of Native American history, focusing on American Indian activism of the 1960s and 1970s. He is best known for his groundbreaking documentation of the 1969-1971 occupation of Alcatraz Island.  He has published 19 books and numerous scholarly articles.

The lecture is presented by the Rupert Costo Endowment and California Center for Native Nations at UC Riverside. It is free and open to public. Parking costs $2 an hour in pay-by-space slots or $8.

A Serrano-Cahuilla tobacco blessing ceremony for the California Center for Native Nations will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, beginning at 2:45 on the west side of the Interdisciplinary Building, which houses the center.

Henry Vasquez of the Native American Community Council of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties will play a Native American flute at 2:45 p.m. At 3 p.m., Kim Marcus, Raymond Marcus and Mallory Marcus of the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians will perform the Serrano-Cahuilla tobacco blessing ceremony and the coyote dance — which is performed infrequently — and will sing Serrano-Cahuilla songs.

The event is open to the public. Parking is available in Lot 24 and costs $8.

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