Leonard Peltier’s Message of Struggle: ‘We Made Things Better for Our People’

Leonard Peltier National Day of Mourning march in Plymouth, Mass., Nov. 25. Photo: Jimmy Powell The following message from Indigenous political prisoner Leonard Peltier was read at the 52nd National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Nov. 25, 2021. For more information about his case, visit WhoIsLeonardPeltier.info. Greetings relatives, Each year as November nears,…

Fighting for Their People: Meet Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Warriors

Mark Melnychuk A look at the men who are continuing the tradition of Indigenous warrior societies in Saskatchewan. A soldier’s helmet, a gas mask and a knife feature prominently on a shelf. There are stacks of gun magazines and books for everything a soldier might need in the field, including a survival manual and a…

The Legacy of Dennis Banks

Interview with Russell Mean’s brother and AIM co-founder Bill Means, following Banks’ passing… Dennis J Bernstein Noted civil rights activist Dennis J. Banks, who co-founded the American Indian Movement and championed indigenous rights in the face of continuing oppression of Native Americans, died on Oct. 29 in his native Minnesota. He was 80 years old….

Native History: AIM Occupation of Wounded Knee Begins

Robert Onco with his AK47 during the occupation of Wounded Knee, 1973. In this March 3, 1973 file photo, a U.S. flag flies upside down outside a church occupied by members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), background, on the site of the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee, S.D. AIM’s occupation of Wounded Knee triggered…

From Wounded Knee to the United Nations

Rob Albritton and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Rob Albritton (RA): Why at a particular time in your life did you decide to contribute to “The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”? Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (RDO): As a graduate student at UCLA in the mid-1960s, I was active in the antiwar movement on campus, as well…