The author reflects on her personal experience as a Native American at UC Berkeley in the 1960s as well as on her activism and important leadership roles in the 1969 Third World Liberation Front student strike, which had as its goal the creation of an interdisciplinary Third World College at the university.
Native Americans and the Third World Strike at UC Berkeley
Dr. LaNada War Jack is a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes where she lives on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho. She attended the University of California at Berkeley in 1968 and graduated with honors in an Independent Major of Native American Law & Politics. While a student at UC Berkeley, Dr. War Jack was the chair of the Native American student group that was central to the Third World Liberation Front and Third World Strike. In 1969, Dr. War Jack and other students throughout California took over Alcatraz Island in peaceful protest of the federal government’s ill treatment of Native people and broken treaties with tribes. An independent scholar, Dr. War Jack’s book Native Resistance: an Intergeneration Fight for Survival and Life will be published this fall.
LaNada War Jack; Native Americans and the Third World Strike at UC Berkeley. Ethnic Studies Review 1 October 2019; 42 (2): 32–39. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/esr.2019.42.2.32
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