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Clyde Bellecourt, American Indian Movement Co-Founder, Dies at 85

Clyde Bellecourt, American Indian Movement Co-Founder, Dies at 85

Posted By PowWow Articles 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.

Featured image: Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune 


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