| American Indian Movement of Florida faces many issues. One of the most common we are faced with is the destruction of sacred sites including but not limited to Native American Burial sites, specifically Burial Mounds and also Temple Mounds which are akin to pyramids, similar to those seen in central and south America, although they often appear as large hills much like Burial Mounds do in the typically flat lands of Florida since they are usually thousands of years old. Many construction companies, private builders, home owners and artifact hunters destroy these ancient and sacred mounds for their own selfish desires. This is not only unethical it is against Federal Law. (*see Native American Graves and Repatriation Act) Many times in the process of leveling the ground builders bulldoze Burial Mounds, for some reason they almost never stop even after human remains such as bones, teeth, hair and funeral objects continue to surface. There are typically several hundred bodies in a Burial Mound, this was done to keep the Nations and clans together. There will be more info on the practive in the Links section.|
In Pre-colonization times the Indigenous people of Florida were mound builders, as were many Indigenous Nations of the southeastern united states at the time before colonization inflicted it's holocaust and cultural genocide upon the people. Some mounds were or are in the shape of animals and other religious designs and can be extremely large, an engineering feat even in modern times! We have witnessed and even recorded people removing skeletal remains and funerary objects from Burial Mounds to sell on the black market, pulling out long bones, jaws and skulls never seems to affect these people. This is all too common and the majority of our mounds have been destroyed and the contents removed all in the name of greed. If white graves were disrespected this way prison sentences would be given and people would be enraged and disgusted at the disrespectful act. If you are aware of a mound or suspect a hill that may be a mound please notify us. If you are aware of people in anyway destroying, "pot hunting" or raiding a mound or a hill that you suspect could be a mound please contact us as well, often the police will not know how to react or even that it is a Federal Offense.
The Florida chapter of the American Indian Movement was founded in 1986.
In 1989 the Florida Chapter of AIM was recognized by the National AIM leadership at the 1989 Eastern AIM Conference in Accokeek, MD. AIM Florida is the only officially recognized chapter of American Indian Movement in the state of Florida. We take direction and leadership from AIM Grand Governing Council, the international Indigenous Rights organization founded in 1968 in Minneapolis, MN.