Monday, March 17, 2008
My name is Clyde Belacourt. I was born on May 8, 1936. I was one of the twelve kids my parents had and I was born on the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. I am a Native American civil rights organizer recognized for finding the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 with Dennis Banks, Herb Powless, and Eddie Benton Banai, among other people. My Ojibwe name is Nee-gon-we-way-we-dun meaning "thunder before the storm." I currently reside in Minneapolis Minnesota. I am one of the organizers of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media. I am also the current Chairman of the Board of American Indian OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center) which is a job program to help Native Americans get jobs .