Minnesotans are remembering Clyde Bellecourt, a giant in Native Americans’ fight for civil rights, who died yesterday (Tues) at the age of 85 at his home in Minneapolis.  Bellecourt told T-P-T in a 1990s interview that he saw himself as the diplomat among the founders of the American Indian Movement — but despite that…

“I have to be tough.  We’re such a small minority that we knew that we had to carry our struggle into the streets.  We had to become vocal.  We had to use whatever means necessary to change these conditions that we live under.”

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan says of Bellecourt:  “Few have advocated harder and longer than he did, and we are indebted for that work.  Indian Country benefited from Clyde Bellecourt’s activism – he cleared a path for so many of us.”