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…