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Thursday, January 13, 2022

AIM Cofounder Clyde Bellecourt Passes to Spirit World: In His Own Words: Remembering the Legacy


In His Own Words

AIM Cofounder Clyde Bellecourt, 85, Passed to Spirit World in Minneapolis on Tuesday. We share the legacy and birth of the American Indian Movement, from Clyde's words from his talk in 2008, published at Censored News.

Kahentinetha Horn, Mohawk Nation News, said today, "We are sad to hear of the passing of Clyde Bellecourt, one of our great mentors in the red power movement. Clyde was always there. He stayed with us for a long time so he could pass along all that he knew. He demonstrated the will to keep going with our knowledge from our ancestors onto our descendants, whom he loved. We remember him as a great kind strong man."

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

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
August 15, 2008

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.

During the culminating night of the exhibit at SomArts, July 30, 2008, Bellecourt shared his own journey and the birth of the American Indian Movement. He said his spirit name is Nee-gon-we-way-we-dun, “Thunder Before the Storm.”

Born May 8, 1936, to Anishinabe parents, it was his parents legacy that shaped his course in life. In boarding school, Bellecourt’s mother was punished severely for speaking her own language. Every time she was caught speaking her Native language, she had to scrub the floors with a toothbrush.

Cooking for Relatives: Lakota Candi Brings Plenty Remembers her Father

Cooking for Relatives: Lakota Candi Brings Plenty Remembers her Father 

By Candi Brings Plenty
Censored News
January 11, 2022

Tonight I cooked for the Meals for Relatives COVID-19 Rapid City Community Response in honor of my Até Mato (Papa Bear), today is his birthday. We took a break from community cooking when the numbers went down, the Wotakuye Mutual Aid Society provided aid packages in the meantime. But as we all know, our Covid numbers sky rocketed and today is South Dakota’s highest Covid cases since the beginning of this pandemic.

I cooked and drove tonight, my delivery person wasn’t able to drive because they got exposed today and had to quarantine. My kiddos were out of town, but Carson James 
helped me out…I drove and he delivered the food to each door. We listened to country music, my dads playlist I made for him when he was in the hospital before making his journey. Each meal had a mini pecan pie, his favorite.

O'odham Ophelia Rivas: Celebrating the Life of Jeff Hendricks

By Ophelia Rivas
Censored News

To my friends and supporters,

Today is the first anniversary of honorable warrior, Jeff Hendricks of O’odham Solidarity Project.

Today is our letting go ceremony day, we have mourned our friend for this past year.

Today we celebrate our memories of Jeff in conversations, many walks and many friends. A very humbling experience with Jeff when he came to my house driving from California to O’odham lands on a mission to climb on the sacred mountain and overnight there. All I could give him was a walking stick to help him up the mountain. He did not have to tell me why he was making his journey he understood well what the mountain is. I asked him to take many photos of the mountain 7,730 feet view of O’odham lands.

I recall in 2005, Resistant Culture, a metal punk band from San Pedro, California invited me to speak on O’odham Rights and Militarization of O’odham Lands during one of their shows. In a large venue overfilled with punk and metal young people, sitting at a merchandise table waiting for a break in their set to go on stage, I met Jeff. He was very quiet and respectful. Jeff was interested in helping our grassroots group O’odham VOICE Against the WALL by creating a website to build support. The next 6 years he visited O’odham lands several times to meet the group of Elders to understand our work on O’odham Rights which include cultural rights and transnational border crossing rights and Human Rights which are defined by national and global legal documents. The grassroots organization has been supported by the efforts of Jeff for 16 years.

His deep respect and unique character of honor Jeff was respected by the O’odham Elders. Jeff walked many miles with us to show support and solidarity to both the youth and Elder group. Written words were one of his great gifts to O’odham VOICE Against the WALL as he organized and wrote many words on paper for us. We have many memories of him that will stay a lifetime.

Today we Thank You and Honor your life Jeff and let you go. Much Love and Respect.

Thank you, parents of Jeff, Carol and John.

Ophelia Rivas of O'odham VOICE Against the WALL
New website:
In Dignified Solidarity
P.O. Box 1835
Sells, Arizona 85634

Article and photo copyright Ophelia Rivas.

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