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.