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Celebrating Native Resistance

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about the author

Dr. LaNada War Jack has written a crucial history of the Native American Movement that should be read by all concerned about Indigenous peoples.  Dr. War Jack's vital world view is the foundation of generations of the tribes resistance against colonization and institutional racism.  This is a moving and powerful story well told by a relentless fighter for Native American rights and self determination from the boarding schools and relocation programs, to the Occupation of Alcatraz Island, and the Standing Rock protest. Native Resistance is a hard hitting history of the struggles for freedom and justice!

-Bea Dong, Eastwind Books of Berkeley, CA

Dr. LaNada War Jack is a member of the Shoshone- Bannock Tribes where she lives on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho. In January of 1968 she was the first Native American student enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with honors in an Independent Major of Native American Law & Politics. While attending UC Berkeley, Dr. War Jack participated as the first Native American component of the first Ethnic Studies Program in the UC statewide effort in establishing Native American Studies, African American Studies, Chicano Studies and Asian Studies. Dr. War Jack is the author of Native Resistance: An Intergenerational Fight for Survival and Life .



Alcatraz to Standing Rock

Historical Snapshots


Bannock (Bah nah qwat) Chiefs

The last Indian Wars in the west were with the Ba nah qwat and Shoshonean bands of the Paiute, Shoshone and Banahqwat peoples called the Bannock War of 1878. This continued with the "Sheepeater Campaign" in 1880 to remove all of the remaining people onto the Fort Hall Reservation, Idaho.


Alcatraz Island, the sacred island of the Ohlone turned into the site of "Man's Inhumanity to Man" as a federal prison.

The  island was central to Native people as the US government incarcerated the last chiefs of the Indian wars in the west on this island. Native students from UC Berkeley and SF State occupied this island for 19 months in protest of the genocide, ill governmental policies and over 500 Broken Treaties, 

The remaining chiefs during the last war in the west. There are many different kinds of chiefs. The

Gathering of the Chiefs

The goal was keep the peace and not give the calvary an excuse to kill Natives.  Chief Eagle Eye is third to the left. He was called "Hyas Tyhe" Chief of Chiefs. He was a peace chief and diplomat and hosted many gatherings of tribes in his territory of Weiser and Indian Valley, Idaho. Left to him is "Oyotes" a powerful medicine chief from Oregon Territory. The US Government had bounties for the heads of these men.