Founded to reverse ruinous federal policies and renew the spirit of American Indian people

The late 1960s was a period of unrest for many in the United States, including American Indians, many of whom felt they were not being treated fairly. The American Indian Movement, or AIM, was founded in Minnesota in 1968 and spread nationally. In the early 1970s the group held protests in Washington and later led a standoff with federal forces at Wounded Knee to protest the plight of American Indians in 1973.