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Clyde Bellecourt, Native American civil rights leader, dies at 85


January 14, 2022

Clyde Bellecourt spoke during an all-night visitation for AIM co-founder Dennis Banks, at the American Indian Center in Minneapolis in 2017.

(CNN) - Clyde Bellecourt, a Native American civil rights leader who founded the influential group American Indian Movement (AIM), died Tuesday of cancer at the age of 85, his wife, Peggy Bellecourt, and Minnesota's Hennepin County medical examiner confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.

Bellecourt co-founded AIM in 1968 to help advocate for tribal sovereignty and better housing and opportunities for Native Americans in Minnesota and across the US.

He was the group's last living original founder.


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