The Thunder Before the Storm Lodge is the AIM Interpretive Center gallery and features a photographic essay of the American Indian Movement by Dick Bancroft. Along with other AIM artists that include: Steve Blake, Jan Attridge and more. Dick Bancroft has been the unofficial photographer for the American Indian Movement since 1970. The Gallery is named after AIM Co-Founder and the Executive Director of the AIM Interpretive Center Clyde H. Bellecourt, whose Ojibwe name is "Nii Gon Neway Wii Dung" meaning Thunder Before the Storm.

The Thunder Before the Storm Lodge is open to the public Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Fridays by appointment. Contact us if you have any questions.


The Thunder Before the Storm Lodge holds archival collections that cover several aspects of the American Indian Movement, which include:

  • Early AIM Newsletters and Reports 1968-70
  • Records and ephemera from the National, Los Angeles, and Berlin Offices offices 1972-76
  • Image collections covering AIM leaders and major actions
  • Survival Schools
  • Prison education and rehabilitation programs 1978-93
  • Misc posters and fliers