What: AIM West Coast Conference
When: Nov. 25 – 26, 2019
9 am – 5:30 pm, doors open 8 am Nov. 25; Registration at 8:45 am.
Who: West Coast Conference of the American Indian Movement-West
Honoring Indians of All Tribes’ 50th Anniversary and Reunion
The AIM West Conference in San Francisco invitation extends to all our relations from the four directions to join with us to see what good we can do for our communities, for children and for our Mother the Earth!
Special guests include Len Foster, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Yvonne Swan, Bill Means, Fred Short and Puksu Igualikinya (Ku-na-Panama), Fawn Oakes, daughter of Richard Oakes, and more.
On this occasion, we honor “Indians of All Tribes”, women and men who sacrificed their livelihoods to reclaim Alcatraz Island beginning on November 20, 1969. Congratulations on their 50th Anniversary and Reunion!
This conference is open to the public.
The agenda will include prayers and blessings at 9:45, following the Welcome.
The Inter-Tribal Drum Group “Red Lightning Women Power Singers” will follow, as well as presentations by the Chairwoman of the Ohlone Tribal Nation and the California Amah Mutsun Tribal Peoples.
Keynote speaker Dr. LaNada War Jack will speak on “From Alcatraz to Standing Rock”, followed by the film “Alcatraz is Not an Island.”
Afternoon presentations include the topics of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, the Kurds of the Middle East as Indigenous Peoples, Alcatraz 50th anniversary—Inspiration and Achievements, Sacred Sites and and the Environment, Tribal Colleges including DQ University in California, the Census, Elections, and a call for Leonard Peltier as Vice President on the Peace and Freedom ballot.
Presentations and panels on Nov. 26 cover topics including International Indigenous Movements in the Global South, the BDS Movement and Palestine, UN initiatives including those on sustainable development and a study on sterilization of Indigenous women, LGBTQ and Two Spirit groups and issues, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Youth Incarceration, Political Prisoners including Red Fawn Fallis and Leonard Peltier, the US-Mexico border and militarization, and more.
Tuesday’s keynote will be Madonna Thunder Hawk, co-founder of Women of All Red Nations, on “There is No Light at the End of the Tunnel.
Noon time film will be ”On a Knife’s Edge,” honoring Guy Dull Knife.