RELS 336: Week 5 Activity 1

RELS 336: Week 5 Activity 1

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  • AIM stands for the American Indian Movement. It was founded in the 1960s by activists with a vision of self-determination and a strategy of confrontation.
  • Yea, it was a civil rights activist group for Native Americans.
  • That's right! Unfortunately the group has a dark history. It consists of a 71 day armed standoff in 1973 at Wounded Knee and the killing of two FBI agents.
  • Yea it has an unfortunate past but the group focuses on doing good for its people. They are active in job-training, health and housing projects.
  • Yea and they also had a part in the adoption of a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in 2007.
  • Oh yea I forgot about that.
  • Dennis Banks was one of the co-founders of AIM. He founded it because of the discrimination Native Americans faced. Religion was one of the main driving forces of this.
  • Oh really?
  • Yes. His religious beliefs of equality and being part of a community made him strive to fight for equality for Native Americans. This is why AIM's goals are so oriented on helping Native Americans with jobs and just making them equal in society's rankings.
  • Oh wow I never knew about how big of a role religion played in it.
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