American Indian Movement

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  • Formed in the summer of 1968 to protest the negative treatment of American Indians in the urban areas of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the American Indian Movement (AIM) was emboldened to act by other social change movements of the late 1960s. Also angered by the U.S. government's assimilation policies toward Native Americans, especially those people west of the Mississippi River on reservations and in rural areas, AIM advocated and demanded changes in federal programs that had failed Native people since the late 1800s. AIM highlighted Native Americans’ substandard housing and living conditions, educational inequities, and lack of employment opportunities on reservations and in rural communities. The U.S. government did not want to develop federal programs on Indian land because it wanted to relocate Native people to cities, ...

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