'Into the fire': New AIM leaders face pivotal time
August 21, 2020
MINNEAPOLIS — When Frank Paro and Lisa Bellanger took the helm of the American Indian Movement from Clyde Bellecourt this spring, they became the first nonfounders at the head of the half-century-old grassroots Native advocacy organization.
Their ascension marked a generational shift for the social justice group and came on the eve — literally — of what some see as a generational shift in the broader social justice landscape.
Paro and Bellanger were tapped as co-chairs of the movement’s Grand Governing Council in late May on the night before George Floyd died in the hands of Minneapolis police officers, prompting local, national and international uprisings against racial imbalances in law enforcement.