Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Gentle Rage: Clyde Bellecourt remembers the birth of the American Indian Movement

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Clyde Bellecourt spoke of the birth of the American Indian Movement forty years ago, remembering his mother’s own legacy and also the time of the end for the priests who were controlling the Sundance, during the 40th Anniversary, “AIM For Freedom,” photo exhibit sponsored by AIM-West.
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O Pechanga said...

And now, we come full circle. Many tribes like Picayune and Pechanga are treating their people as badly as the white man.

The Pechanga Indian Removal Acts of 2004 and 2006 were stunning in their cruelty to their own people.

Picayune has destroyed the cultural heritage of almost 50% of their people. They should be hanging their head in shame.

Renee said...

I am a proud member of AIM. I lost my real parents, due to alcohol and drug abuse. At the age of 3, (my real brother was almost 2), we were passed around from relative to relative, until the State of MN. came in and took us away from it all. Adopted by white parents in 1968, we were not brought up in the traditional Native way. We were brought up White. We were sad, morose children who probably saw more than what we should. I am now finding out who and what I am for the first time. I have seen, as an adult, the poverty and degradation that our people face every day and have vowed to help them in every possible way that I can. My dream? Other than to see poverty, alcoholism, drug dependency and teenaged suicide erased from our reservations, I would like to meet the founders of AIM so I could learn from them, truly great warriors.