Indian Land Forever


The fog shrouded the bay
As we left the dock today
The breeze cut through my clothes
I guess that’s the way it goes
I’m coming to you

Comanche, Cree and Sioux
Klamath, Pit River, too
Mohawk, Paiute, Pomo
Sac & Fox and Navajo
I’m coming to you


We will take the Rock
Every old cellblock
Standing tall together
For this is Indian Land Forever
This is Indian Land Forever

The TV wants to show
Trudell on radio
Every Indian lends a hand
No matter what their band
We’re coming through

Whitemankiller spoke so well
At the Senator Hotel
Did we escape the past?
Nineteen months went by too fast
We’re coming through


Hear my voice
It’s my choice
It will live on


Written by Arigon Starr
©2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission

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Written about the 1969-71 Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island, Indian Land Forever rocks hard while telling the tale of those history-making days on the Rock. “I had the honor or performing this song at the 30th Anniversary of the occupation in front of many of the people who took part in the occupation. The occupation was an event that continues to inspire people.”

This is beautifully restored archival footage from the Alcatraz occupation posted by reporter Belva Davis. Be there as it happened!