Radio Free Alcatraz

American Archive of PUblic broadcasting: December 30, 1969

“This is an aircheck of one of the episodes of Radio Free Alcatraz, recorded during the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island. This episode, as all episodes in the series, starts with a recording of Buffy Sainte-Marie singing “Now that the Buffalo’s Gone.” John Trudell, then talks of plans to start a university on the island. This is followed by an interview with Grace Thorpe about her job doing public relations for Alcatraz Island’s occupiers. Previously cataloged as “Aircheck Alcatraz”.”

American ARchive of Public Broadcasting: December 28-29, 1969

“The tape box notes that episode BB5457.01, which would have aired on 1969-12-28, is missing from this reel. Episode BB5457.02 of Radio Free Alcatraz, airing 1969-12-29, starts with John Trudell explaining problems with electricity generation on Alcatraz Island followed by an interview with Jonny Bearcub (now Jonny Bearcub Stiffarm), a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux Nation. They talk about people’s reactions to government-provided housing on her Montana reservation, barrel racing, summer employment for students, and the conditions of working at a gun factory located on a reservation that manufactures M16s for use in the Vietnam War.”