Anomie at Alcatraz

Sixteen months ago, a small band of Indians occupied the abandoned prison island of Alcatraz in the middle of San Francisco Bay. The act was meant to focus attention on the central tragedy of Indian history, the usurpation of their lands, and for a time it did just that. Then public attention began to dwindle—and so did the number of Indian squatters. TIME Correspondent William Mormon visited the remnant. His report:

FOR the 25 to 30 Indians who maintain the occupation of Alcatraz, life is almost as grim as that endured by the island's previous inmates. Many claim to enjoy the occupation,...

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