Marc Nicely, We Are Still Here

Mural on the San Francisco State University Cesar Chavez Student Union, 2009

"The Native American Mural was commissioned in October, 2005, by the Cesar Chavez Student Center Governing Board. It was dedicated on November 20, 2009. The mural depicts community activism, self determination, resistance and survivance of Native American peoples, and the defense of native lands." -- SF Mural Arts (

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The student in graduation robes (purple and gold are the San Francisco State colors) waves his degree toward Alcatraz, whose territory was occupied by Native Americans from  November 20, 1969, to June 11, 1971. The figure may also represent the San Francisco State College faculty and student strike, which lasted from November 6, 1968  until March 21, 1969. making it "the longest strike by students at an academic institution in the United States."

To read and look at four San Francisco Bay Area Native American tales about Coyote, Hummingbird and Eagle  (pictured in the mural reproduced above), click this image:

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