Clyde Bellecourt Death, American Indian Movement leader Clyde Bellecourt dies at 85

January 12, 2022 By Teejay Ericson 0

Clyde Bellecourt Death, Cause Of Death – American Indian Movement leader Clyde Bellecourt  age 85 has passed away on Tuesday due to complications from cancer at his home in Minneapolis, Peggy Bellecourt.  Lisa Bellanger, the current co-director of AIM, also confirmed his death to The Associated Press.

“Clyde was a really good man and influenced a lot of people,” said Winona LaDuke, an American Indian activist and the executive director of Honor the Earth, a group dedicated to raising awareness for Indigenous environmental issues. “He was very influential in my life.”

Bellecourt was born and raised on the White Earth Indian Reservation. His Ojibwe name is Nee-gon-we-way-we-dun, which means “Thunder Before the Storm.” He was the only remaining living founder of the AIM movement, Bellanger said.

Bellecourt was among those who protested the 1992 Super Bowl in Minneapolis, when the Washington Football Team beat the Buffalo Bills. The Washington team dropped its old name in 2020 after decades of criticism it was offensive to Native Americans and after pressure from sponsors amid a national reckoning on race in the U.S. Bellecourt long called for the team’s name to be changed.

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