Blood of the Land: The Government and Corporate War Against the American Indian Movement [1st Vintage Books ed] 0394717325, 9780394717326

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Blood of the Land: The Government and Corporate War Against the American Indian Movement [1st Vintage Books ed]
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“A MUST for anybody interested in

human rights/’ —Publishers Weekly

-Blood of the land

the

is

shocking story of the often violent war

waged by

the U.S. and

Canadian govern-

ments and the multinational corporations against the

American Indian Movement

(AIM). Set

in

the decade of the

through to the present time,

makes

1970s

book

the

several excursions into history to

reveal the roots of the

modern

conflict.

AIM

was founded in 1968 by young Indian men who had been in and out of prison. They first organized on the streets of Minneapolis, helping drunk and desperate Indians find new meaning in their lives through identification with their Indian heritage.

A

powerful

motivating

force,

unifying previously disparate Indian move-

ments,

AIM

was targeted

for extinction

by the FBI as early as 1971. The ensuing battles were often bloody.

Rex Weyler leaders as filtrators,

the

it

AIM

and

its

fights outright violence,

in-

describes

and criminal charges. Those

forefront

AIM

of

John Trudell, Leonard

Mae Aquash





at

Means, and Anna

Russell

Peltier,

are shot, stabbed, dragged

into court, framed, beaten

en underground, and



Aquash

But

— murdered.

up

in jail, driv-

as in the case of

AIM

continues

to struggle for the dignity of the

American

Indian and the preservation of the basic values of the Indian peoples.

Blood of the Land illustrates the connection between the FBI, the military, certain in

congressmen, corporate interests

both the United States and Canada, the

Bureau of Indian

Affairs,

and

mon

goal: to control the vital

able

resources on

their

and

Indian land.

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