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Hundreds of Native Americans and allies will board ferries at Pier 33 in San Francisco for a shore ride to Alcatraz Island in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, November 25, 2021, to commemorate the 43rd Annual Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Gathering. The commemoration is an alternative to the traditonal Thanksgiving celebrations across the country on the fourth Thursday in November.
The Sunrise gathering will begin on the parade ground on the Island at 5:30 a.m. with an Ohlone welcome and the Round Valley Pomo dancers. The program will include speakers, drummers, dancers, and singers from across California, the continent, and the world.
The event will be hosted by the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC). The IITC believes it is important to affirm in history the accuracy of what really happened to Indigenous people.