Our Mission is to protect Indigenous peoples, cultures, nature, spirituality, and grandmother earth through accurate interpretation.

Our Vision is to restore human-kind's relationship with the center of the universe.


The American Indian Movement Interpretive Center holds a legacy of millions of historical records, culture captured on media, radio archives, photographs and the testimony of living elders who want the story of the American Indian Movement told. The Interpretive Center is located in the heart of the American Indian Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Thunder Before the Storm

The Thunder Before the Storm Lodge is the AIM Interpretive Center’s gallery and features a photographic essay of the American Indian Movement by Dick Bancroft.  The Gallery is named after AIM Co-Founder and the Executive Director of the AIM Interpretive Center Clyde H. Bellecourt, whose Ojibwe name is "Nee Gawn Way Wi Dung" meaning Thunder Before the Storm.

Thunder Before the Storm Lodge

History of AIM

In the 30 years of it's formal history, the American Indian Movement (AIM) has given witness to a great many changes. We say formal history, because the movement existed for 500 years without a name. The leaders and members of today's AIM never fail to remember all of those who have traveled on before, having given their talent and their lives for the survival of the people. 

History of AIM›