Skip to content Skip to main navigation Skip to footer


Clyde Bellecourt, One of Original Founders of the American Indian Movement, Passes Away at 85

Clyde Bellecourt, one of the original founders of the American Indian Movement (AIM), passed away today due to complications with cancer, according to Lisa Bellanger, Co-Director of the American Indian Movement’s Grand Governing Council. His Ojibwe name is “Nee-gon-we-way-we-dun-“Thunder Before the Storm.” He was 85 years old.

Along with Dennis Banks, Eddie Benton-Benai, and George Mitchell, Clyde Bellecourt co-founded the American Indian Movement in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1968. In its beginning, the American Indian Movement aimed to address systemic issues of poverty, discrimination, and police brutality against urban American Indians.

Rebecca Pelky- Brothertown Indian Nation member releases her latest book

Earlier this year, the book was awarded the Perugia Press Prize. “Through a Red Place”, a story-in-poems that assembles her research into her Native and non-Native heritage in the land now known as Wisconsin.

“Through the poets’ ancestors – and documented through text and image – this book relates narratives of people who converged on and impacted this space in myriad ways. Written in English and Mohegan, “Through a Red Place” reshapes itself from page to page, asking what it means to navigate place as both colonizer and colonized. It builds a map between distances and lost stories to unearth and honor the past.”

Rebecca Pelky Author, Educator and member of the Brothertown Indian Nation