Subject Guide

American Indian Movement (AIM)

Resources for information related to AIM's contributions to civil rights struggles, historically, and their continued presence

The Basics

This Britannica article will give you a basic overview of the history, significance, and other facts related to civil rights organization referred to as the American Indian Movement.

Subject Headings

Newpapers

The Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub holds the world's largest collection of Minnesota newspapers--the papers that most often reported on AIM activities from its founding in 1968 through the 1970s.

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Reference Sources

Government records related to hearing regarding Senate hearings on the activities of AIM:

Revolutionary Activities Within the United States: The American Indian Movement, United States Congress, Senate Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act & Other Internal Security Laws. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1976.
Call number: E 93.U52 U47

Films:

A Good Day to Die, by David Mueller and Lynn Salt.
New York, NY : Distributed by Kino Lorber, Inc., c2011. call number: DVD 72. Biography of the life of AIM co-founder, Dennis Banks.

The Trial of Leonard Peltier, by Paul Burtness. University Community Video. Call number: Videotape 25. Records of the 197 trial of Leonard Peltier, imprisoned for the murder of two FBI agents.

Online:

American Indian Movement. Digital History Project. University of Georgia. https://digilab.libs.uga.edu/

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Books
 

Blood of the Land: The Government and Corporate War Against the American Indian Movement, by Rex Weyler. New York: Everest House, 1982. Call number: E93 .W64

Ghost Dancing the Law: The Wounded Knee Trials, by John William Sayer. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997. Call number: KF 224.B27 S39 1997

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, by Peter Matthiessen. New York: Viking Press, 1983. Call number: E 93 .M46 1983

Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance, by Leonard Peltier. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. Call number: E 99.O3 P45          1999

 

Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means, by Russell Means with Marvin J. Wolf. New  York: St. Martin's Press, 1995. Call number: E 99.O3 M386 1995

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