Originally published Jan. 11, 2022 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — People across the country are remembering Native American activist Clyde Bellecourt, who has died at the age of 85. He co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 to help advocate for tribal sovereignty and other Civil Rights. And his life's passion and work extended well beyond his home state of Minnesota. A ceremonial fire burns as people grapple with the loss of a legend. To Lisa Bellanger, Bellecourt was "uncle." A man known worldwide, but like family to so many. "I hear him called uncle all over the world," Bellanger said. "I really wouldn't be who I am without him." Bellanger is now AIM's executive director. "AIM created an awakening, you know, on a national level of our people," she said. Bellecourt's early days were spent patrolling neighborhoods trying to stop police brutality. He eventually co-chaired the Police Community Relations Council. From education and job training, to medical care and legal advice, Bellecourt travelled near and far pushing for change and equity. Clyde Bellecourt (credit: CBS) "It was never just a job for him, it was a way of life," Bellanger said. One of his latest pushes was to rid sports… Read full this story
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