18. Native American actions 1968-c.1975

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  • 18. Native American actions 1968-c.1975
    • Many of these actions were designed to draw attention to condition of NAs and put pressure on politicians to address injustices of past
    • Establishment of AIM
      • 1968
      • Main aim was to tackle discrimination many young NAs were facing
      • Established group to patrol streets and monitor police activities
        • Resulted in decline in number of arrests and imprisonment of young NAs
    • A fish-in (as opposed to a sit-in)
      • Staged in Washington state when State Supreme Court failed to uphold treaty rights stating that NAs had right to fish in Columbia River
    • Publication of significant works of literature
      • These made many Americans, and others, aware of NA history and culture and problems they were facing
      • Works included:
        • Vine Deloria Jr's Custer Died for Your Sins
        • Perhaps most famous of all, Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    • Pursuing cases through Supreme Court to gain return of former tribal lands

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