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Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  18 reviews
It's the mid-1960s, and everyone is fighting back. Black Americans are fighting for civil rights, the counterculture is trying to subvert the Vietnam War, and women are fighting for their liberation. Indians were fighting, too, though it's a fight too few have documented, and even fewer remember. At the time, newspapers and television broadcasts were filled with images of ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by The New Press (first published August 1st 1996)
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Azra Šabovic
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is, actually, very convenient for the research papers and proving thesis. Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Allen Warrior have made a great communication giving very useful account of happenings with detailed events of that thunderous period.
The book is very valuable giving detailed information on protests, such as the 1969 invasion and 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island; the 1972 seizure and trashing of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Building in Washington; and, a year later, the two-mont
Meg Lindsay
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of those why-have-I-never-heard-of-this? moments. The story is desperate to tell itself. Fascinating and well-hidden American history.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
An intriguing read for several reasons, which all reinforce each other. This book is first and foremost a detailed story of the most active period in AmerIndian activism. Like all great books that are eventually made into films, this book tells the same story Wounded Knee, but is far more captivating. The human interest is heightened, the characters are more vivid, there are more layers and nuances to the story, it has more momentum, and it digs deeper into many themes. Those themes are an intr ...more
Calling-Bear Blackhorse
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The American Indian Movement history and resilience.
Mallory Whiteduck
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: phd-list
This is a great history of the main events of AIM in all its triumphs and failures. I only wish they had gone further to include more women’s stories.
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A history book that reads like a story. A hugely important story that settler Americans should all really know more about. Particularly any of us involved in Occupy or Indigenous solidarity movements in far-away lands. In the second case, because it's the same story of colonization and resistance, only we're the colonizers. In the first, because Occupy owes SO MUCH to movements like AIM, and it seems to me that's not frequently acknowledged.

I learned so much: I have looked at the occupation of
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Smith and Warrior describe the American Indian Movement from its rise in the the late 1960s to its dissipation in 1973. They highlight AIM's militant activism and attitudes toward the federal government as they took over Alcatraz, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Wounded Knee. Unfortunately, the authors are clearly biased towards AIM and Red Power which sought to assert Indian rights through violence.
Rus Funk
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anti-racism
This is an exceptional overview of the Indian Movement in the United States. Somehow, the author takes multiple communities, different aspects, divergent historical moments into one cohenerent and succinct read. Brilliantly written. This book could have easily been twice as long, and would not have felt that much longer atal. Highly recommend it!
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Non-theoretical view of the years between the occupations of Alcatraz and Wounded Knee, written by two Native scholars. Very flattering opinion of Russell Means--hard to align that with his embrace of the role of Powhatan in Disney's Pocahontas. Still, Like a Hurricane gives the reader an unusual inside perspective on the factions within the early 1970s Indian activist movement.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent history of the Native American social movements from the occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay in 1969 to the standoff at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1973.
Siobhan Noble
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I would have liked to see more footnoted references in this book, but it was still a good history of this period of time in the native rights movement. Especially helpful if you are interested in AIM.
Dec 22, 2012 added it
Shelves: false-starts
had to return it to the library :/
Aug 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
While it was a great account of the American Indian movement--a very straight forward historical depiction-- it was bash-your-head-against-the-wall boring.
Josh Reid
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Solid intro to Indian activism. Some powerful quotes from those who were there.
Aug 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Just finished this fine history of the movement. An important book for me...
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Audrey by: saw author on TV
This book takes a well-rounded view of events uncommon in historical writing. Details and documentation are meticulous.
Dec 29, 2014 added it
Awesome history of two of the defining episodes in American Indian resistance and self-definition.
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