Monday, March 17, 2008

Clyde Belacourt

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 .


emilyo said...

First off I would like to say my husband is a very well educated man and has many reasons for everything he says. He has gone to school more than me so I agree with everything he says.
-Enid Hayden

AlyMcP said...

Dear Clyde Belacourt,
I find you as a very small minded man. If you would expand your horizons you would see what it truly means to have a mascot named after you. Having a mascot shows that people support you, and take pride in your heritage. Yes I do realize that there are many mascots that are animals, but they do not argue about the discrimination with that status. If more of my people would take the pride and respect they have towards eachother, and put it towards the fact we have a mascot named after us, there would not be a problem. It's all about character Mr. Belacourt, and yours is not very developed.
-Ollie Young Bear