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Black activism ripples through Indian Country and beyond


August 5, 2020

As Indian Country joins the nation in honoring the legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis, we are reminded of the leadership of Black people, past and present, in demanding equality and justice for people of color.

From slavery and voting rights battles to the long hot summer of 1967 to the chaotic summer of 2020, Black leaders have paved the way for change for Native Americans and others.

In the 1960s, for instance, it was Black activists who inspired Native people to create the American Indian Movement to counter police brutality in Minneapolis, noted Winona LaDuke, of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg.


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