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Survival Schools: The American Indian Movement and Community Education in the Twin Cities

Julie L. Davis


This book provides the first history of the AIM survival schools, two alternative, culture-based, community-controlled schools founded by American Indian Movement organizers and other Indian parents in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in 1972. It tells a compelling story of the schools’ origins, structure, curriculum, evolution, closing, impact, and meanings from 1968 to 2008. Davis explains how the survival schools emerged out of AIM’s local activism in education, child welfare, and juvenile justice and its efforts to achieve self-determination over urban Indian institutions. At th ... More

Keywords: American Indian, Minnesota, Midwest, Alternative Education, Activism, Education, Assimilation, Colonialism, Decolonization, Public School

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816674282
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674282.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie L. Davis, author