The American Indian Movement

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The American Indian Movement (AIM) is a Native American organization in the United States. It was founded in 1968, with the purpose to eliminate discriminating against the Native Americans and to establish recognition of their treaty rights. The founders of this organization are Dennis Banks, Herb Powless, Clyde Belle court, Eddie Benton Banai, Russell Means, and many others. Russel Means is one of the earliest leaders of AIM. He is one of contemporary America's best-known and prolific activists for the rights of Native Americans. Since AIM's founding, the group has led protests releasing Indigenous American interests, they have inspired cultural renewal, monitored police activities and coordinated employment programs in cities and in rural reservation communities across the United States. AIM has often supported other indigenous interests outside the United States, as well. During 1972, members of the AIM began to take over the Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C. They began to complain the government had created tribal councils on reservations in order to take control over Native American development. AIM has been active in opposing the use of indigenous caricatures (cartoons) as mascots for sports teams, such as the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Redskins. These caricatures are used as protests at World Series and Super Bowl games involving those teams. AIM's National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media works to educate and overturn stereotypes about American Indians that are perpetuated through American popular culture which serve to continue oppression of native peoples. Today AIM's original mission is based on protecting indigenous people from police abuse. They are using CB radios and police scanners to get to the scenes of alleged crimes involving indigenous people before or as police arrive. They are doing this to prevent police brutality. AIM Patrols are still found in the streets of...
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