The Origins and History of the American Indian Movement

Socialism 2015

July 02, 2015
With Brian Ward

The American Indian Movement, much like the Black Panther Party, was created to combat police harassment, abuse and killing while fighting for treaty rights, self-determination and reparations. AIM grew quickly as the militant wing of the fight for American Indian rights. They occupied the BIA in DC, Mount Rushmore, combated police abuse and most famously had a 73-day stand off with Federal marshals at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. AIM was crucial to creating a fight back in the American Indian community and the development of Native Pride and Red Power. Despite in-fighting that was often caused by infiltrators, AIM's legacy lives on in communities today. This talk will discuss AIM's history, legacy and their origins.

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