National Indian Youth Council

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NATIONAL INDIAN YOUTH COUNCIL. The National Indian Youth Council, an all-Indian organization, was started in 1961 by Indian college students and recent college graduates. The council is more militant than the National Congress of American Indians, which it has criticized as being too conservative. It manifests the influence of the civil rights movement of the period of its founding and has used tactics of demonstration and confrontation. It favors the abolition of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The National Indian Youth Council and the National Congress of American Indians both predate the American Indian Movement (AIM) and share its focus on a national unity that respects tribal sovereignty.


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Kenneth M.Stewart/d. b.

See alsoAmerican Indian Defense Association ; Youth Movements .

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