On June 11, 1971 Federal Marshalls unexpectedly came to the island and removed the last few Occupiers. The Occupation of Alcatraz Island by Native Americans had lasted for 19 months. The island was not given to the Indians, but word of their situation in the United States had been publicized all over the country and even abroad.
The four Occupiers on this photo were at the "Alcatraz Receiving Depot" on a pier by the Bay. They had just arrived in two boats with the Federal Marshalls. When I asked them if I could photograph them, Oohosis raised his fist with the Red Power salute. Even at this moment of "defeat" he wanted the world to see that the struggle continues.
It was a great co-incidence that I was able to take the photographs of the removal.
On this day, I had made my way to San Francisco from my little town on the coast, about one and a half hours away, to meet with an art editor at a public television station.
Just as I was opening my box of 8 by 10 pictures, a loud voice came over the loudspeaker, "The Indians are being taken from Alcatraz!" Everyone started running. I saw the film crew run by me and asked them if I could join them. "Just tag along and act as if you belong to us, someone said, such was the solidarity at the time, and so I grabbed my army bag with my cameras, got into the VW bus with the crew, looked from Treasure Island for the boats with the Indians and Federal Marshalls in them, found them, took some pictures and then greeted the Occupiers as they landed and climbed up to the the pier.