Published July 23, 2018
PIPESTONE, Minn. — This Saturday, July 28, 2018, the American Indian Movement (AIM) turns 50 years old. AIM was formed 50 years ago at 1212 Plymouth Avenue in Minneapolis on July 28, 1968 when 86 American Indians, mostly women and children showed up for its first meeting. The organization was founded by Clyde Bellecourt (White Earth Chippewa), Dennis Banks (Leech Lake Ojibwa), Vernon Bellecourt (White Earth Chippewa) and George Mitchell (Ojibwa) started the organization to stop the large number of urban Indians being rounded up each weekend, beaten and jailed by the police.
First AIM board of directors –
Most of the original founders of AIM have walked on. However, Bellecourt, 82, will preside over a commemoration of the 50th anniversary at 2018 Gatherin of the Sacred Pipes Sundance in Pipestone, Minnesota.
The efforts of AIM helped to stop the termination of all tribes in the United States and assisted in the legalization for traditional people to participate in sundances and sweatlodges ceremonies.
The event is free and open to the public.
CORRECTION: A previous headline read August 28; the correct date is July 28, 2018.