The American Indian Movement
The American Indian Movement, or AIM, was founded in Minneapolis in 1968 in order to help Indians who had been displaced to urban ghettos. As the movement grew, its mission expanded to include calls for Indian economic dependence, legal rights, autonomy over tribal areas, and restoration of stolen land. AIM for these demands through a series of highly publicized protests, including the occupation of Alcatraz, a march on Washington, and the takeover of Wounded Knee. The national organization fell apart in 1978, after many of its leaders were imprisoned, but local chapters continue to protest for the organization's goals.