January 11th, 2022 Last Updated on: January 15th, 2022
Clyde Bellecourt, the co-founder of the American Indian Movement, has died at 85 years old, according to Associated Press.
Bellecourt’s wife, Peggy Bellecourt, confirmed his death, which she said was due to cancer.
Clyde Bellecourt founded the American Indian Movement in the 1960s alongside Dennis Banks (who died in 2017) and several others. The group fought for the civil rights of Native Americans and sought to raise awareness of systemic issues of poverty and discrimination that have long plagued indigenous communities.
In the 1970s, The American Indian Movement led several major protests, including a 71-day demonstration at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Bellecourt and the other protestors worked to expose corruption on the Sounded Knee reservation and other injustices against Native Americans.
People across social media have been sharing their thoughts and paying their respects to Bellecourt and his family.
We’ve lost one of the few remaining OG leaders of the American Indian Movement, who took back Wounded Knee in 73 & was involved in virtually every other battle we’ve waged since. Rest in Power, Clyde Bellecourt. Tell Russell, Carter, Dennis, Deb & the rest that we miss them. pic.twitter.com/AnqXH1tDpQ
— Ruth H. Hopkins (Red Road Woman) (@Ruth_HHopkins) January 11, 2022
Sad to hear that elder Clyde Bellecourt has started his journey. The history of AIM is hard, and I had my share of run-ins with Clyde, but there's no doubt that much of my much of my experience as a native kid in Minneapolis was shaped by his life-long commitment to our people.
— ashley fairbanks (@ziibiing) January 11, 2022
Much will be said about Neegon-we-waywedon also known by Clyde Bellecourt, one of the founders of the American Indian Movement. And as we reflect on your impact on our people's way of life I want to say chi-miigwech as you journey home. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/AH8ztG4MmI
— Manilan Houle (@ManilanH) January 11, 2022
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