American Indian Movement : Analysis Of Fbi And Bia 's Treatment

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American Indian Movement: Analysis of FBI & BIA’s Treatment
Martin Luther King Jr. best addresses the discrimination and oppression of Native Americans (NAs) in his book, Why We Can’t Wait (1964):
Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. ...From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles of racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its Indigenous population. (King 119-120)
The Native Americans have faced tremendous discrimination in the early 1900s, and with the enactment of the Indian Termination policies in the 1940s-1950s, the coercion grew stronger (CITE). However, as the beat downs increased, so did the resistance.
This paper will briefly cover how the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) treated the Native Americans, during the American Indian Movement (AIM) focusing more in the 1960s-1970s. What initially helped push for the AIM and the end result of it.
While the oppression of NAs goes back many centuries, NA assimilation into society was not entirely enforced until after WWII ended (CITE). After which came the Indian Termination (IT) policies, which were a series of laws in the 1940s to 1950s, forcing NA tribes to, “...subsume into the larger white society” (John J., et al. 968). The IT process began in June of 1940, and consisted of various acts granting state level…

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