Richard Oakes, American Indians Activist, Gets A Google Doodle

May 22, 2017 - 7:39 am 0 by
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Richard Oakes American Indians Activist Google Doodle

Today on Google's home page is a special Google Doodle, Google logo, for the activist for American Indians rights Richard Oakes. He specifically was an Mohawk Native American activist who led many peacefully rallies and meetings to further American Indians rights and justice.

One of his most famous efforts was the Alcatraz occupation which lasted from 1969 to 1971. His efforts led to ending the official U.S. government policy of termination of Indian tribes was ended and replaced by a policy of Indian self-determination.

On September 20, 1072 Oakes was shot and killed by Michael Morgan, a YMCA camp manager. He died at the young age of 30 with so much more in him to give.

Oakes was born on May 22, 1942 in Akwesasne, New York.

Google wrote that the "Doodle recognizes places that were important in his life's story and mission, depicting the Akwesasne reservation, Alcatraz Island, and Pit River. Here's to Richard Oakes, for his unwavering dedication to his community and social justice."

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