By Amber Randall
Former San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick traveled to Alcatraz Island to participate in the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering for Thanksgiving Thursday.
The event, also called “Un-Thanksgiving Day,” took place on Alcatraz to remember the group of American Indians who took control of the island prison between 1969-1971 in an attempt to claim the island for their people, reports KTLA.
“Today, I was on Alcatraz Island at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering, in solidarity with those celebrating their culture and paying respects to those that participated in the 19 month occupation of Alcatraz in an effort to force to honor the Treaty of Fort Laramie,” Kaepernick said in a tweet.
An American Indian elder also gave Kaepernick two eagle feathers, after which the former quarterback gave a speech declaring they were all fighting the same battle.
“I’m very humbled to share this space with all of you. Our fight is the same fight. We’re all fighting for our justice, for our freedom. And realizing that we’re in this fight together makes us all the more powerful,” Kaepernick said in a Twitter video.