1968 July 11

American Indian Movement (AIM) Founded


The American Indian Movement (AIM), a militant Native-American rights advocacy group, was organized on this day in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reportedly, Minneapolis police officers patrolled the streets outside the meeting. The most prominent AIM leaders included Dennis Banks and Clyde Bellecourt.

In 1971, AIM members briefly occupied Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. AIM held its first national conference in 1972, where delegates adopted the Trail of Broken Treaties declaration, on October 31, 1972. See also the subsequent AIM protest in Washington, D.C. on  November 2, 1972.

Visit the AIM web site: http://www.aimovement.org/

Learn more: Dennis Banks and Richard Erdoes, Ojibwa Warrior: Dennis Banks and the Rise of the American Indian Movement (2004)

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