Red Power: The Native American Civil Rights Movement

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Children's Literature - Patrick Hunter
An interesting and in-depth look into the Native American rights movement, including its darker side. During the years that the American Indian Movement, or AIM as it is more commonly known, made its quest for equality for Native American Peoples, they were intimidated by pro-Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Oglala Sioux Indians; members suspected other AIM members of being FBI informants and some AIM protestors were at times murdered or just vanished under suspicious circumstances never to be heard from again. The Indian movement as a whole came about after years of neglect, broken promises, and poorly thought-out or executed programs to help the Indian assimilate into mainstream society. The Native American Civil Rights Movement began as way to help address these problems. Native people were inspired by the African-American Civil Rights movements to march and protest and some took dramatic action in an effort to call attention to their neglect. Among the most notable of these acts was the occupation of Alcatraz Island, Wounded Knee, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. Though AIM as a national group does not exist any longer, it has left a legacy and impact that is still in action today. It has helped to transform Indian Peoples to be more self-reliant and sufficient by creating their own schools, governments, and casinos to help keep hold of the past while providing a sustainable future. Reviewer: Patrick Hunter
School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up- These well-organized and concise titles focus on major events in Native American history. Black Hawk provides a clear overview of early American expansion in the Northwest Territory, from the 1780s through the 1930s, detailing government actions and policies of Indian Removal and how they specifically affected the Sauks and Mesquakies, now known as the Sac and Fox tribes. Though not a tribal chief, Black Hawk was an outstanding Sauk warrior who came to represent fierce Native resistance in the eye of the American public during the 1830s. The battles that ensued (both intertribal and against the U.S. forces) are described, as are the policies created during this period, the consequences of which are still felt by tribes today. Attractive color paintings, maps, and photographs appear throughout. Red Power describes and defines what has come to be known as the American Indian Movement, which was extremely active in the 1960s and 1970s. Early resistance (and the U.S. government's response) is summarized briefly and includes a chapter on the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek in 1890. The remaining six chapters focus on pivotal events such as the murders at Pine Ridge Reservation, the occupations of Alcatraz in 1969 and Wounded Knee in 1973, and the subsequent changes in government policy toward Native self-governance. Clear chronologies, extensive bibliographies, and lists for further reading make these books excellent tools for first-time researchers and history buffs alike.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791093412
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Landmark Events in Native American History Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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