“Slaying the Sun Woman”: The Legacy of Annie Mae Aquash

  • Bryan Rindfleisch University of Oklahoma
Keywords: American Indian, Indian Activism, Murder, Civil Rights, Modern America


This article contains original research analyzing the controversial subject of the murder of Annie Mae Aquash, a woman in the American Indian Movement (AIM), and its consequences for Indian Country today. This article examines the perspectives of AIM, the federal government, and the ramifications of Aquash's murder for Indigenous peoples in general.

Author Biography

Bryan Rindfleisch, University of Oklahoma

Bryan Rindfleisch is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oklahoma, studying American Indian history, colonial & revolutionary American history, and the history of the British Empire. His academic focus revolves around the interactions between the indigenous peoples of the southeast and Euro-Americans during the eighteenth-century. He has previously published articles with the University of Alabama's "The Southern Historian" periodical and the Wisconsin Historical Society's "Wisconsin Magazine of History."

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