Native American occupiers in attire performing ceremony on Alcatraz Island

Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island

Experience, History

Alcatraz Cruises and the National Park Service host two annual Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremonies each year. This year, the gatherings will take place on Monday, October 8 and Thursday, November 22, 2018.

The Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering is a commemoration of the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz by the “Indians of All Tribes” and are one-day events. This is not the standard Alcatraz Island tour and all areas with the exception of the ceremony location will be closed and inaccessible to the general public.
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Held annually since 1975, the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony is an event that honors indigenous peoples of the Americas and promotes their rights. The ceremony commemorates the protest event of 1969, where the Alcatraz-Red Power Movement occupied the Island. It is currently organized by the International Indian Treaty Council and American Indian Contemporary Arts.
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The event is designed to commemorate the survival of Native American peoples following the settlement of Europeans in the Western Hemisphere, which led to enormous economic and cultural losses among the indigenous people due to disease, warfare and social disruption.

On Monday, October 8, the Ticketbooth opens at 4:15AM and boats will depart Pier 33 at approximately 5:00AM, 5:15AM and 5:30AM. General admission is $11.00 per person. Toddlers under four years of age are free. On Thursday, November 22, the Ticketbooth opens at 3:00AM and boats will depart Pier 33 approximately every 15 minutes between 4:00AM-6:00AM. General admission is $14.00 per person. Toddlers under 4 years of age are free. All participants must return to Pier 33 on the last boat, which will depart Alcatraz Island at approximately 8:45AM.

Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online and print before arrival. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 415.981.7625 (ROCK) or from the Ticketbooth at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing.

Please note there is absolutely no sale of merchandise of any kind allowed on Alcatraz Island, at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing or on the sidewalk outside of Alcatraz Landing.