By Lauren Fruen For Dailymail.com
Published: 00:06 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 00:40 GMT, 1 December 2019
Colin Kaepernick spent the holiday at a Native American 'Un-Thanksgiving Day' on Alcatraz, later criticizing the US government 'for stealing 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people'.
The former San Francisco 49ers star mixed with crowds at the annual Indigenous People Sunrise Ceremony, telling them 'it's our responsibility to honor our ancestors and honor our elders'.
He later tweeted footage from the event, which honors 'Indians of All Tribes' who took part in the Occupation of Alcatraz back in 1969-71. Actor Danny Glover also appears to have attended.
In the clip Kaepernick, who also attended the event in 2017, tells the crowds: 'It's been 50 years since the occupation.
'And that struggle has continued for that 50 years. It's our responsibility to honor our ancestors and honor our elders by carrying on that struggle. Don't let their sacrifices be in vain.
'That's why it's important for all of us to be here today - to show that we're together, that we're unified, that we have that solidarity. And I hope to spend many more of these with you.'
Colin Kaepernick spent the holiday at a Native American 'Un-Thanksgiving Day' on Alcatraz
He criticized the US government 'for stealing 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people'
He later tweeted: 'Spent the morning at the Indigenous People's Sunrise Ceremony on the 50 year anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz.
'The US government has stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people. Thank you to my Indigenous family, I'm with you