The purpose of this thesis is to provide new insight and understanding into the Indian youth movements of the sixties and seventies using Karl Mannheim's generational unit model. This study will focus on the little understood area of generational theory, specifically the issue of intergenerational bonding and consequently depart from past interpretations by social scientists who explained the Indians' agitation as merely an imitation of the student protest and civil rights movements of the sixties. Indian youth, experiencing extreme social dislocation, attempted to form a rapproachement with their elders. This action was in sharp contrast with those experiences of non-Indian American youth who severed their ties with all preceding generations in their rebellion against traditional American values.
Four examples of Indian unrest which appear to illustrate the verity of this hypothesis-- the fish-ins, the occupation of Alcatraz, the seizure of the Bureau of Indian Affairs building, and the takeover of Wounded Knee-- will be discussed.