in the media
We are entering our history in installments. The
installments may take a few days and we will be publishing them as they are
These pages also contain only a partial history of the
Colorado AIM chapter. These are the events and issues that we've chosen to share
with the public. Our members also serve the Indian community in other capacities
and most also belong to other issue specific Indian organizations. This
history doesn't reflect the individual accomplishments of our members, as they
would be too numerous to list. Instead, what we've done is highlighted the
events that were a part of the official actions of Colorado AIM.
- November 4-Final
verdicts in the AIM tribunal are announced in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt are found guilty on 8 charges.
- October 8-Colorado AIM and allies takes out
ad in Rocky Mountain News "Goodbye
Columbus" on columbus day.
- September 16-Colorado AIM participates in the Latino
Education Coalition walkout.
- August 1-4 Autonomous Chapters of AIM convene at
Wounded Knee To address present and future concerns. The three main themes
discussed are "Freedom, Independence, Liberation."
- July 27-Statement of the International
Confederation of Autonomous Chapters of the American Indian Movement is
presented by Secretariat, Glenn Morris to the United States Commission on
- May 29-Colorado AIM plants 7 Aspen trees in
Denver's Civic Center Park to commemorate all indigenous people who have
given their lives in the "American Holocaust" and in dedication to
making the world better for the next seven generations.
- March 26-27- An AIM tribunal is held in San
Rafael, California. The Tribunal is convened to hear
the charges brought against the Bellecourt Brothers. The
finds Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt guilty of 3 charges. The
Tribunal is to be reconvened in Rapid City. [note: it was at this tribunal
that the events in Anna Mae Pictou Aquash's assassination were first openly
discussed by members of Autonomous AIM. Although
"journalist" like Tim Giago and Paul Demain have since
repositioned themselves as truth seekers in the Anna Mae case, they
originally tried to marginalize the Tribunal. Paul
Demain, in particular, attempted to undermine those that were trying to
hold the Bellecourts accountable (see
Bob Robideaus response to DeMain)].
- Janurary 15-Colorado AIM Elders and Leadership
Statement reaffirming their right to choose their own membership in
response to an "expulsion letter" from Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt.
- Janurary 10-Colorado AIM informs
Allies that it is now a member of the Autonomous Chapters of the
American Indian Movement.
- December 16-18-Colorado Attends a summit of
Autonomous Chapters in Edgewood, New Mexico. The Chapters issue the Edgewood
- October 31-Colorado AIM reorganization
- October 31- Denver/Boulder AIM helps to refurbish
- October 10-AIM Counters Columbus
rally with a peaceful gathering. Donates
aspen trees to city.
- October 03-AIM
- August 04-Colorado AIM releases
an open letter to the Indian Community of Denver, on the occasion of the
- July 21-Co-Director, Glenn Morris, makes
a statement to the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, in the UN.
- June 19-24-Colorado AIM participates in Sundance
at the Greasy Grass.
- June 4-Colorado AIM
asks that Hodgkins Middle
School change mascot from "Braves," after the principal
by Sylvia Crippen to foster a more sensitive atmosphere at the
- May-Denver Post columist Ken Hamblin attacks
Colorado AIM in racist column about hantavirus on the Navajo Reservation.
AIM responds on June 9.
- May 5-Denver/Boulder AIM participates in rally
against federal and state prison systems.
- March 26-Denver/Boulder AIM
makes a request that Denver
police disclose any collaboration with Anti-Defamation League in an effort
on AIM. Spy File Documents later reveal that the Denver Intelligence
Unit added this meeting to their spy file reports that they kept on Colorado
- February 27-Colorado AIM leads a delegation
at 20th anniversary of Wounded Knee. Colorado AIM provides the drum and the
security for the walk into Wounded Knee.
- January 23-Colorado AIM, co-director, Glenn
Morris, publishes an article "the
dispossessed" in the Rocky Mountain News.
- January 18-Colorado AIM marches in MLK Day Parade.
- December 06-Glenn Morris publishes
column"A chance to
do the right thing," about the case of the Western Shoshone, in the
Rocky Mountain News
- December 12-Colorado AIM gathers
at the State Capitol to honor Rigoberta Menchu.
- November 16-Colorado AIM delegation travels to Kansas
City to Protest use of Indians as mascots in Chiefs vs Redskins game.
Leadership re-confirmed at November New Moon Feast
- November 11-Colorado AIM delegation travels to Little
Big Horn Monument for name change.
- October 12-Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News condemn
AIM for stopping the parade.
- October 10-Colorado AIM is the only group to
successfully shut down A Columbus Day in country. A coalition of 50
organizations and 2500 people join with AIM to stop the parade. It is
cancelled at the last minute.
- October 6-Colorado AIM sues to stop Columbus Parade.
Federal court Denies relief.
04-Colorado AIM member, Tink
Tinker responds to Denver Post columnist, Jim Carrier, who attempts to
marginalize AIM members in his column.
- September-23-Colorado hosts Sacred Run through
Colorado. Denver Boulder leadership re-confirmed at September New Moon
08-Colorado AIM submits letter
to editor, challenging their Science writer on his assertions of
violence on the part of AIM.
31-Colorado AIM urges
Mayor Wellington Webb, to take a stand against the Columbus Day Parade.
22-Colorado AIM sponsors a protest of Hepatits
B vaccine, at the State Capitol.
- July 24-Rocky Mountain News condemns Denver/Boulder
- July 10-Colorado AIM and coalition of a dozen
groups(NAACP to New Jewish Agenda) map out strategy for Columbus Day.
07-Co-director, Glenn Morris, responds
to condemnation of acquittal charges, by the Rocky Mountain News.
- June 26-Colorado AIM defendants acquitted of charges
stemming From blocking Columbus Day Parade in 1991. Rocky Mountain News and
Denver Post condemn verdicts and AIM. Ward Churchill, Glenn Morris, Russell
Means and Ted Roy re-confirmed as leadership at June New Moon Feast.
- June 15-19-Colorado AIM participates in Sun Dance at
(Little Big Horn)
01-Colorado AIM sends
a letter to the Superintendent of Custer Battlefield, reminding her that
AIM was instrumental in pushing the issue of changing the name
29-Colorado AIM pickets the liquor stores to protest the sale of Crazy Horse
Malt Liquor. One person is cited by the police.
- May 5-Colorado AIM participates in Helushka in Chinle,
- May 5-Columbus statue plaque mysteriously disappears
during the Cinco De Mayo Celebration.
- April 15-Letter to Steve Newman reminding city of AIM's
demands about parade and statue. Denver/Boulder leadership is re-confirmed
at April New Moon Feast.
- March 18-Colorado AIM condemns KKK leader shawn slater
and walks out of forum in Durango, CO.
- January 18-Colorado AIM participates in Martin Luther
King Parade and rally; KKK is rallying on capitol steps and riot ensues.photos
- January-Colorado AIM Security adopts principles. Ted
Roy reconfirmed as head of Denver/Boulder Security.
- November-Colorado AIM members and others unite to open
American Indian Anti-Defamation Coucil office in Denver.
- November 11-Colorado AIM requests Ben Nighthorse
Campbell To intervene to stop roundup of livestock at Western Shoshone. He
does, and roundup is put on hold.
- November 6-Colorado AIM advises Ben Nighthorse
Campbell Not to participate in Tournament of Roses Parade. He decides to
- October 10-Columbus Day Protest-Rally.
Colorado AIM blocks the parade and four arrests are made.
- August 20-Colorado AIM members travel to Montana to
march with the people of Ft.
Belknap, to Stop Pegasus Gold Mine. [note: On this particular trip, we felt that people may
have been compelled to participate under false pretenses. In addition, there
were incidents of disrespectful behavior by people who were not a part of
our chapter but who were members of other AIM chapters. We learned some
valuable lessons from this particular trip and have decided to include
the letter that we sent to Red Thunder after we learned of some of the
- August 14- Colorado AIM congratulates Wellington Webb
on election And demands the re-establishment of American Indian Advisory
Council, and the abolition of Columbus Parade and statue. At August New Moon
leadership is confirmed. Colorado Springs Chapter begins to operate.
- July 17-AIM leads Anti-Klan rally in Aurora.
- April 20-Colorado AIM leads an anti-Klan rally at
State Capitol. Colorado AIM security is outstanding; Klan gets
pummeled and are escorted away under a heavy police presence.
- April 7-Colorado AIM travels to Corpus Christi, TX, at
invitation of local AIM chapter, to protest Columbus events.
- March 15-Colorado AIM and Denver Indian Center
Lt. Governor's office to focus attention on ineptitude of the office and the
office holder. Also to call attention to urban Indian
- January 30-AIM demands that city take firm action on
monitoring new airport site for Indian remains. The
city responds by hiring an Indian Monitor.
- Thanksgiving-Colorado AIM sponsors fast and prayer
vigil at the State Capitol to draw attention to Sand Creek statue at Capitol
as well as to focus on
religious freedom denied to Indians by Supreme Court. The Colorado AIM Leadership is
re-confirmed at New Moon Feast.
- October 12-Colorado AIM sponsors rally against Big Mountain
- October 08-Colorado AIM donates more
Indian Policy) To city to go with Columbus statue on Denver's "Walk of
- October 06-Colorado AIM leads Columbus Day Parade on
the condition That Federation of Italian American Organizations negotiate an
end to the parade. They FIAOC fails to live up to their word to negotiate during the year.
AIM responds to the FIAOC's denial of request to walk at the head of the
02-Federation of Italian American Organizations of Colorado (FIAOC) denies
Colorado AIM's request to participate in the columbus day parade.
21-Colorado AIM accepts
an open invitation, published in the Rocky Mountain News, issued to all
"indian organizations" to participate in the parade.
- September 7-Colorado
AIM requests that Federico Pena rescind the permits for Columbus Day. He declines.
announces plans to protest the parade.
06-Colorado AIM travels to
Alliance Nebraska to protest various racist policies that exist there.
- April 19-The Rocky Mountain News publishes a column,
submitted by Glenn Morris, about the veneration of Columbus as a hero. The
column is called "The big
16-Mayor, Federico Pena, meets with Indian Community and Colorado
AIM informs him that a national demonstration will be called if he
challenges the judge's ruling in Russell Mean's case. Pena doesn't challenge
- February 07-Russell Means charges in Columbus Day blood
incident are Dismissed on 1st Amendment grounds. Rocky Mountain news and
Denver Post condemn the decision.
- January 19-Colorado
AIM sends a letter to Mayor Federico Pena, suggesting that the Columbus
Statue be removed from Civic Center Park, to promote reconciliation. Pena