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November marks 50 years since a group of American Indians took over Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. Local organizers have been preparing by teaching youth how to carve their own canoes. The group will paddle their canoes to Alcatraz this month. 

Indian Country Today will continue to follow stories about the anniversary of the takeover. 

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 Tsanavi Spoonhunter, Northern Arapaho and Northern Paiute, was a Chips Quinn and Tribal Media Fellow at Indian Country Today. Spoonhunter is a documentary filmmaking student at the University of California Berkeley.