For my second post I utilized the book Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee. The chapters I looked into were “Yellow Thunder” and “The American Indian Movement”. “Yellow Thunder” discusses what happened in the case of Yellow Thunder and AIM’s reaction. The chapter “The American Indian Movement” narrates the history of AIM by looking into AIM’s leaders.
The chapter “Yellow Thunder” focuses on an incident that occurred in Omaha in 1968. Four white men beat a Native (Yellow Thunder) to death. Accordingly, the family of Yellow Thunder contacted the authorities, however, they did not do much. In a desperate attempt for justice, a family member drove to Pine Ridge to ask AIM for help and they complied. Nevertheless, “AIM kept their promise. Hundreds of AIM members and residents of Pine Ridge drove… south to the Nebraskan town.” Over the span of the next few days, the town filled with Native Americans who ceaselessly protested. As a result, town officials suspended a police officer who treated natives bad in the prison, and created a human rights commission. Although the white men were given a “light charge of manslaughter” AIM left its mark on the town. The city was said to be left “in shock from the days of rage”.
In the chapter “The American Indian Movement” the upbringing of the leaders of AIM is described, and AIM’s general impact is outlined. The chapter tells of how AIM put police radios in cars and whenever an officer was dispatched, to a scene in which a native was involved, they would go as well. It also states that “AIM became experts at providing lawyers”. Later it goes on to describe the life of Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt, and Russell Means and their involvement with AIM. They were all described as “powerful speakers” and excellent leaders. However, it did seem a little bias in it’s description of Russell Means; they seemed to dislike him because Russell attempted to resign from his position. The authors then stated that he caused a “disaster”. Otherwise, the book seems to be very neutral
Overall, this book is a great source that will help me fabricate my information for later this week.
Warrior, Robert Allen, and Paul Chaat Smith. Like a Hurricane: The Indian
Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee. New York: New Press, 1996. Print.