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Class of June 1955 

From Laura Waterman Wittstock    Sep 2013

My book, We Are Still Here is available on Amazon, the Library Journal did a review:


êWittstock, Laura Waterman (text) & Dick Bancroft (photos). We Are Still Here: A Photographic History of the American Indian Movement.Borealis. 2013. 224p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9780873518871. pap. $39.95. PHOTOG

In an essay in the book’s first pages, photographer Bancroft discusses his long involvement with the American Indian Movement (AIM), saying, “I was demonstrating that this minority wasn’t invisible—it’s here, it’s this person and that person.” This is precisely what he does with his keenly sighted photographs, which are complemented by radio journalist Wittstock’s text describing the movement’s actions. In addition to supplying narrative text, the author (Diverse Populations/Diverse Needs) curates passages from individuals involved in AIM efforts so that the whole product is something of a pictorial oral history. Many participants tell different sides of the same events, giving readers a broader, more inclusive view of AIM’s history. Wittstock and Bancroft walk readers through it, from AIM’s founding in 1968, to takeovers of government buildings in the early 1970s, to the founding of survival schools in the Twin Cities, to Wounded Knee, the Longest Walk, and the Yellow Thunder Camp, and the ongoing legacy of AIM’s work. VERDICT A valuable addition to the canon of contemporary American history—one that fills the silence in conventional textbooks regarding American Indians’ struggle to maintain culture and identity.—Rachael Dreyer, American Heritage Ctr., Laramie, WY.

link to a bio  http://www.grottofoundation.org/fellowship/wittstock