American Indian Movement

The history of American Indian Movement is woeful saga of American Indian people. American Indian Movement was result of the miserable plight of the American Indians. They were cruelly abused, brutally beaten, and put into jails. There were no appeal of the courts for Indians and they were maltreated. These deplorable conditions compelled some of the natives to raise their voice against the inhumane treatment of the police. American Indian Movement came into being as the voice of the Native American Indians.

American Indian Movement (AIM), the Native American activist organization, was the outcome of the use of cruel violence and inhumane police brutality to repress the American Indian people of Minneapolis , MN . AIM was co-founded by Dennis Banks, Herb Powless, Clyde Bellecourt, Eddie Benton Banai, and many others in Minneapolis , MN on July 28, 1968 . Russell Means was one of the early prominent leaders. Original aim of the AIM was to protect indigenous people from police abuse, cruelty, and brutality.

AIM came forward as the guardian of the rights and liberties of the American Indians. It was the first spiritual movement for the revival of native religious, dignity and pride. It was the movement against the white America . AIM came on the international scene with its seizure of the Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters in Washington , D.C. , in 1972 and the 1973 standoff at Wounded Knee , South Dakota , on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Headquartered in Minneapolis with chapters in many other cities, rural areas and Indian Nations, AIM clearly articulates the claims of Native Nations. Since its founding, American Indian Movement has been leading protests advocating Indigenous American interests, inspiring cultural renewal, monitoring police activities and coordinating employment programs in cities and in rural reservation communities across the United States . AIM Patrols still work the streets of Minneapolis . Not only in the States, but the organization has also been supporting indigenous interests in Canada , and other colonialist governments of Central and South America.

AIM has been organizing communities and creating opportunities for the American Indians. It has been repeatedly bringing successful suit against the federal government for the protection of the rights of Native Nations guaranteed in treaties, sovereignty, the United States Constitution, and laws. AIM aims to safeguard the traditional spirituality, culture, language and history of the American Indians.