Winner:American Indian Movement

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The American Indian Movement (AIM) was one result of the civil rights and liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s. It started in Minneapolis and has had continuing impact both in Minnesota and elsewhere in Indian Country -- the takeover of Alcatraz inspired many young tribal members across the country to work for change and improvement in their people's lives. Closer to home, the 20th-century events at Wounded Knee had a huge impact on Indians in this region. AIM is also transformative because it began as an urban Indian organization both in Minnesota and elsewhere, as more and more Indians moved to cities and needed to create a variety of organizations to meet their needs outside of a reservation.
~Debbie Miller, St. Paul, MN, and Laura Waterman Wittstock, Minneapolis, MN

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