Ernesto Vigil

Although Ernesto Vigil has no advanced degrees, his research and current work have earned him titles as “visiting scholar” at the Latin American Center of the Josef Korbel Graduate School for International Studies at the University of Denver, which is current, and at the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. The MSU effort or project on which he works is an attempt to digitize and make searchable the 2 largest collections of FBI files on Mexican Americans and the Chicano movement of the 1960s-70s. The largest collection of files, outside the FBI are the collections of Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez, formerly of the Univ. of Texas at Arlington, and Vigil’s own. Although many are surprised to hear it, Mexicans in the United States, whether “citizens” or “immigrants,” have been the subject of FBI attention or concern since 1910-20, i.e., before the word “Federal” was added to “Bureau of Investigation” in the late-1920s. Vigil’s work on the surveillance of the Chicano movement runs parallel to the content of his current work on the FBI and American Indians because there were mutual alliances formed by certain Indian and Mexican activist groups in the 1970. His current manuscript, Decades of Deception: The FBI, the American Indian Movement, and the Death of Anna Mae Aquash however, does not conclude in the 1970s, but covers a covert and prolonged FBI “investigation” that begins in the 1970s but concludes in the present with his critical examination of three homicide trials in 2004 and 2010 over the “Death of Anna Mae Aquash,” which explains the last part of his book’s sub-title.