Founder and Director
American Indian Movement, AIM
November 25, 2015
Among the many powerful and influential leaders of this movement, Clyde Bellecourt is one of the most active.
Bellecourt, born on May 8, 1936, was a part of the Ojibwe Nation, or Anishinabe, and plays a huge role in many of the organization’s achievements. He is the founder and Director of American Indian Movement, AIM, and was seen as a major figure in the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973. Bellecourt is highly dedicated to his community and bettering a future for the youth.
He played a founding role in an ongoing Indian School System, Legal Rights Center and the International Indian Treaty Council. He is also directing the Peacemaker Center for Indian youth as well. He stated, “This generation of little children is the 7th Generation. Not just Indian children but white, black, yellow and red. Our grandfathers said the 7th generation would provide new spiritual leaders, medicine people, doctors, teachers and our great chiefs. There is a spiritual rebirth going on.”
Not only was Bellecourt devoted to the future of the children, but the foundation of families as well. In an effort to keep families together, Bellecourt founded and is currently Chairman of the Board of American Indian OIC, a very innovative job program that has successfully transferred over 14,000 people from welfare to full-time employment.
The Census in 2010 recorded 5.2 million people in the United States identified as American Indian and Alaska Native, either alone or in combination with one or more other races. Additionally, out of the total, 2.9 million people identified as American Indian and Alaska Native alone. The Census for the entire nation on April 1, 2010, was 308.7 million people. Learn more the 2010 Census.