Prominent Native American activist Winona LaDuke with Honor the Earth says Clyde Bellecourt (BELL-court), who died yesterday (Tues) in Minneapolis at age 85, was a leader for seven decades in his commitment to the dignity of Indian people.  LaDuke says Bellecourt and fellow founders of the American Indian Movement, which came out of Minneapolis…

“They changed how we look at Indian people and laid the foundation so we could all stand up.  Really, really remarkable what Clyde did.  His leadership through all these years really changed the narrative.”

LaDuke says under the leadership of the American Indian Movement, Minneapolis became a flourishing urban Indian community.

LaDuke has high praise for Bellecourt and fellow founders of the American Indian Movement:

“There was a group of people in that leadership who really, against very daunting odds, stood up and said, we’re here — you took us off our reservation and we live in the Twin Cities now and this is our territory too.”