Dennis BanksDennis Banks was one of the main leaders of AIM(American Indian Movement), which fought for American Indian rights.
Founding of AIMAIM began as a self-defense group against police brutality. But later became an American Indian movement group that fought for the rights of American Indians everywhere.
Occupation of AlcatrazThe occupation of Alcatraz occurred after the island closed as a maximum security prison in 1963. Soon after, the Native Americans claimed it as their own.
Occupation of Wounded Knee by Oglala SiouxIn 1973, a few hundred Sioux Native Americans, led by Dennis Banks and the American Indian Movement attack the Pine Ridge Reservation and Occupy Wounded Knee.
Native American Languages ActThe act ended past policies that eradicated the use of Native American languages. They could now use their own languages freely.
Cobell vs Salazar and the Claims Resolution ActNative Americans believed their trust funds were being mismanaged by the government and took legal action.
Goals of Native Americans TodayThey continue to fight for issues such as crime on their reservation and companies trying to get oil from their land.
Accomplishments of the MovementThe American Indian Movement achieved many great accomplishments, but some of the best include the Occupation of Alcatraz, Cobell vs Salazar, and the Native Americans Languages Act.
Native American Rights MovementNative Americans have been fighting for their rights actively since 1968 and they have continued to this day