A.I.M. Song



Sung by Margaret Noodin

The following words were written to be sung with the anthem of the American Indian Movement which is why it is now known as the A.I.M. song. This song was adopted in 1972 in Gordon, Nebraska, when the American Indian Movement went there to protest the traditional handling of an Indian’s death, his name was Raymond Yellowthunder. This song was originally dedicated to the Yellowthunder family, but because of the story behind it, the northern Cheyenne people gave this song to the American Indian Movement.

For many of us, this anthem of the 1970′s remains a symbol of survival the American Indian Movement accomplished. With permission from several of AIM’s current leaders, Anishinaabe words were added by the Ann Arbor language table in 2005 so that young people could carry on the message of this song in the language. The word “boochigo” is a favorite of writer, Jim Northrup, and is used in many dialects to simply say emphatically “we have to do it.”


Maamwi g’da maashkozimi
Together we should be strong

Niizhwaasing shkode gii boodawewaad
The seventh fire has been lit by them

Boochigo Anishinaabemyaang
We have to all speak Anishinaabemowin

Mino bimaadziyaang
We are living well

Mino bimaadziyaang
We are living well