27 February 1973

The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee in protest of the federal government.

The American Indian Movement (AIM) is a civil rights organization that was founded in 1968 by a group of Native American activists in Minneapolis, Minnesota. AIM was formed in response to the social and political injustices faced by Native Americans, including discrimination, poverty, and the loss of their traditional lands and ways of life.

The goals of the American Indian Movement were to promote and protect the rights of Native Americans, to preserve their cultures and traditions, and to bring attention to the issues facing Native American communities. The organization used a variety of tactics, including protests, demonstrations, and legal actions, to achieve its goals.

AIM played a prominent role in a number of high-profile events and incidents during the 1970s, including the occupation of Alcatraz Island, the takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. These actions brought national attention to the struggles of Native Americans and helped to increase awareness of their rights and issues.

Today, the American Indian Movement continues to advocate for Native American rights and works to preserve and promote Native American cultures and traditions.