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The National Indian Youth Council Is Formed

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The National Indian Youth Council (NIYC) grew out of these workshops and the American Indian Chicago Conference, held in 1961. The Native students who attended the RIYC and the workshops were catalyzed to form their own organization, separate from white-led associations like the NMAIA or the University of Chicago anthropologists. Their first meeting was held in Gallup, New Mexico, in 1961. Mel Thom became the first NIYC president and Herb Blatchford the first executive director.

In 1964, the NIYC was instrumental in organizing a series of fish-ins and a protest rally in Washington State, which were likely inspired by the sit-ins of civil rights activists in the South. Over three days, Native and non-Native fishers—including actor Marlon Brando and members of forty-seven different tribes—fished at “illegal” spots in protest. Although today these acts of civil disobedience and protest are common, at the time, Indigenous people engaged in direct action was seen as radical. Additionally, the media attention the NIYC received helped grow the organization and enable its work. With the Washington State fish-ins, the young organization with New Mexico roots would launch the Red Power Movement.

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