Updated: 6/12/2020
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  • Oh, Victor, I would love nothing more!
  • Good evening, Evangeline. Might I tell you a tantalizing tale about the American Indian Movement?
  • Native Americans had been oppressed since European settlers came to America in the 1600s .
  • By the end of WWII, many native people moved into urban cities and adopted the "American" culture.
  • Tell me, Victor, what exactly were the goals of AIM?
  • In the 1960s, a man named Dennis Banks formed the American Indian Movement Indian Patrol as a response to the harassment of Native Americans by the police. By 1969, AIM had chapters across the nation.
  • How fascinating! But religion couldn't have possibly been a part of this political movement, right?
  • Oh, Evangeline, I am so glad you asked. AIM sought to address pan-Indian issues, revitalize native Indian culture, and give autonomy back to Native Americans.
  • Oh, but it was! In order to legitimize their pan-Indian goals, AIM sought to create a more universal Indian religion. They were aided by medicine men and other holy people, which helped to combine the political movement with the spiritual rebirth of their people.
  • Victor, you are so knowledgeable. I guess that is what happens when you have been alive for 1000 years.
  • I think I saw a group of mourners over there. They looked delicious.
  • Yes, my dear. Now come, all this talking has made me famished.
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