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AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT - VERNON BELLECOURT - WHAT IS AIM?
AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT - VERNON BELLECOURT - WHAT IS AIM?
Published: 2007/09/28
Channel: aimovementmedia
Vernon Bellecourt speaking at UCLA 3/2/1973
Vernon Bellecourt speaking at UCLA 3/2/1973
Published: 2014/04/02
Channel: UCLACommStudies
Vernon Bellecourt speaks to the cleveland indians baseball fans
Vernon Bellecourt speaks to the cleveland indians baseball fans
Published: 2010/12/08
Channel: Sam Phillips
Vernon Bellecourt / Chief Wahoo Protest /2007
Vernon Bellecourt / Chief Wahoo Protest /2007
Published: 2010/12/13
Channel: Sam Phillips
Vernon Bellecourt (1931-2007 R.I.P.) & Bob Brown 11-23-88 Original air date
Vernon Bellecourt (1931-2007 R.I.P.) & Bob Brown 11-23-88 Original air date
Published: 2009/03/25
Channel: Harold Channer
VERNON & MIKE HANEY RE-BURY THE ANCESTORS AT DIXON MOUNDS - AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT
VERNON & MIKE HANEY RE-BURY THE ANCESTORS AT DIXON MOUNDS - AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT
Published: 2008/01/05
Channel: aimovementmedia
VERNON  BELLECOURT INTERVIEW 3
VERNON BELLECOURT INTERVIEW 3
Published: 2012/02/10
Channel: aimovementmedia
Legacy of Survival - Clyde Bellecourt
Legacy of Survival - Clyde Bellecourt
Published: 2012/08/21
Channel: Jeffrey Williams
Raven Hart-Bellecourt singing The Eagles Song
Raven Hart-Bellecourt singing The Eagles Song
Published: 2008/11/02
Channel: Raven Hart-Bellecourt
Native American Leader Vernon Bellecourt Speaking at a Chief Wahoo Protest
Native American Leader Vernon Bellecourt Speaking at a Chief Wahoo Protest
Published: 2010/12/08
Channel: Sam Phillips
Bernie Sanders has Tough Time from Clyde Bellecourt  American Indian (2/12/16)
Bernie Sanders has Tough Time from Clyde Bellecourt American Indian (2/12/16)
Published: 2016/02/13
Channel: LIVE SATELLITE NEWS
The Matter With Me
The Matter With Me
Published: 2015/10/03
Channel: WrenchBiscuit
VERNON  BELLECOURT INTERVIEW 2
VERNON BELLECOURT INTERVIEW 2
Published: 2012/02/10
Channel: aimovementmedia
AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT - VERNON BELLECOURT - THE STATE OF THE NATIONS
AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT - VERNON BELLECOURT - THE STATE OF THE NATIONS
Published: 2007/09/29
Channel: aimovementmedia
VERNON  BELLECOURT INTERVIEW 1
VERNON BELLECOURT INTERVIEW 1
Published: 2012/02/10
Channel: aimovementmedia
Bill Means & Charlene Teters eulogize Vernon Bellecourt pt 1
Bill Means & Charlene Teters eulogize Vernon Bellecourt pt 1
Published: 2007/10/27
Channel: aimovementmedia
Vernon Bellecourt Remembers Speech of Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), 1991
Vernon Bellecourt Remembers Speech of Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), 1991
Published: 2014/02/25
Channel: I Love Ancestry
Raven Hart in
Raven Hart in
Published: 2010/05/02
Channel: ravenhart91
AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT - CONVERSATIONS WITH VERNON BELLECOURT part 3
AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT - CONVERSATIONS WITH VERNON BELLECOURT part 3
Published: 2007/09/29
Channel: aimovementmedia
RED CROW WESTERMAN - Speaking to the World - AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT
RED CROW WESTERMAN - Speaking to the World - AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT
Published: 2008/07/03
Channel: aimovementmedia
Raven Hart-Bellecourt singing Lakota Song
Raven Hart-Bellecourt singing Lakota Song
Published: 2008/11/01
Channel: Raven Hart-Bellecourt
Vernon Bellecourt Intro
Vernon Bellecourt Intro
Published: 2015/08/29
Channel: Buggin Malone - Topic
Vernon Bellecourt- Man of Dawn, music by Joe Higgs Jr.
Vernon Bellecourt- Man of Dawn, music by Joe Higgs Jr.
Published: 2011/03/27
Channel: Joe Higgs
Strong Woman Song by Raven Hart-Bellecourt and Lisa Muswagon
Strong Woman Song by Raven Hart-Bellecourt and Lisa Muswagon
Published: 2009/01/02
Channel: Raven Hart-Bellecourt
Bill Means & Charlene Teters eulogize Vernon Bellecourt pt 2
Bill Means & Charlene Teters eulogize Vernon Bellecourt pt 2
Published: 2007/10/27
Channel: aimovementmedia
CHIEF WAHOO PROTEST..VERNON BELLECOURT..1996
CHIEF WAHOO PROTEST..VERNON BELLECOURT..1996
Published: 2011/01/17
Channel: Sam Phillips
A clip from the documentary IN WHOSE HONOR?
A clip from the documentary IN WHOSE HONOR?
Published: 2008/06/30
Channel: byrdslover16
AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT   VERNON BELLECOURT   WHAT IS AIM
AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT VERNON BELLECOURT WHAT IS AIM
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: Hehewuti Tsakaka
Raven
Raven's Hart-Bellecourt's Mourning Song
Published: 2008/11/02
Channel: Raven Hart-Bellecourt
Chief Wahoo Protest/ Vernon Bellecourt Speaks 1996 part 1
Chief Wahoo Protest/ Vernon Bellecourt Speaks 1996 part 1
Published: 2011/01/16
Channel: Sam Phillips
Vernon Bellecourt (1931 2007 R.I.P.) & Bob Brown 11 23 88 Original air date
Vernon Bellecourt (1931 2007 R.I.P.) & Bob Brown 11 23 88 Original air date
Published: 2016/03/02
Channel: Olike Vapegoy
Bellecourt vs. Cleveland Indians - Court TV part 2
Bellecourt vs. Cleveland Indians - Court TV part 2
Published: 2012/02/10
Channel: aimovementmedia
Bellecourt vs. Cleveland Indians - Court TV part 1
Bellecourt vs. Cleveland Indians - Court TV part 1
Published: 2012/02/10
Channel: aimovementmedia
Clyde Bellecourt arrested for NOTHING.
Clyde Bellecourt arrested for NOTHING.
Published: 2012/12/24
Channel: Virtual Wisdom
Clyde Bellecourt On Names And Wounded Knee
Clyde Bellecourt On Names And Wounded Knee
Published: 2016/05/03
Channel: ASUProjectHumanities
HANTA PO- all of you out of my way
HANTA PO- all of you out of my way
Published: 2008/06/27
Channel: aimovementmedia
Raven Hart-Bellecourt and Lisa Muswagon Singing our Song
Raven Hart-Bellecourt and Lisa Muswagon Singing our Song
Published: 2008/11/18
Channel: Raven Hart-Bellecourt
Raven Hart-Bellecourt
Raven Hart-Bellecourt
Published: 2008/11/01
Channel: Raven Hart-Bellecourt
RED CROW WESTERMAN - ON MOVIES AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE
RED CROW WESTERMAN - ON MOVIES AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE
Published: 2008/07/13
Channel: aimovementmedia
Clyde Bellecourt On Stevie Wonder
Clyde Bellecourt On Stevie Wonder
Published: 2016/05/03
Channel: ASUProjectHumanities
Clyde Bellecourt co-founder American Indian Movement
Clyde Bellecourt co-founder American Indian Movement
Published: 2016/04/21
Channel: Jeffrey Ferns
Clyde Bellecourt - American Indian Movement. May 3, 2014 *SAMPLE*
Clyde Bellecourt - American Indian Movement. May 3, 2014 *SAMPLE*
Published: 2014/05/08
Channel: melodyisazombie
CHIEF WAHOO PROTEST ON BASEBALL OPENING DAY 2007 PART 1 OF 3
CHIEF WAHOO PROTEST ON BASEBALL OPENING DAY 2007 PART 1 OF 3
Published: 2007/11/15
Channel: Sam Phillips
Clyde Bellecourt speaks at the 2009 AIM Fall Conference (pt 6 of 6)
Clyde Bellecourt speaks at the 2009 AIM Fall Conference (pt 6 of 6)
Published: 2009/12/10
Channel: aimwest
Clyde Bellecourt On Native Resistance
Clyde Bellecourt On Native Resistance
Published: 2016/05/03
Channel: ASUProjectHumanities
Now They Come For You
Now They Come For You
Published: 2010/10/01
Channel: Michael McIntee
Clyde Bellecourt Speaking at the Poor People
Clyde Bellecourt Speaking at the Poor People's March
Published: 2008/09/08
Channel: Christina Lugo
Gladys bellecourt
Gladys bellecourt
Published: 2008/06/16
Channel: agilityfrombelgium
Clyde Bellecourt in WPG MB
Clyde Bellecourt in WPG MB
Published: 2008/05/19
Channel: ArrowMedia
Clyde Bellecourt speaks at the 2009 AIM Fall Conference (pt 3 of 6)
Clyde Bellecourt speaks at the 2009 AIM Fall Conference (pt 3 of 6)
Published: 2009/12/10
Channel: aimwest
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Vernon Bellecourt
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Bellecourt ca. 1970s
Born October 17, 1931
White Earth Indian Reservation
Died October 13, 2007(2007-10-13) (aged 75)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nationality White Earth Band of Ojibwe
Other names WaBun-Inini
Known for American Indian Movement leader
Relatives Clyde Bellecourt (brother)

Vernon Bellecourt (WaBun-Inini) (October 17, 1931–October 13, 2007)[1] was a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe (located in Minnesota), a Native American rights activist, and a leader in the American Indian Movement (AIM). In the Ojibwe language, his name meant "Man of Dawn."[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

One of 12 children in his family, Bellecourt was born on the White Earth Indian Reservation, where he lived until he was 16 years old. In 1947 his family moved to the city of Minneapolis, where his parents sought better opportunities for themselves and their children. When Bellecourt was 19, he was convicted of robbing a Minneapolis–Saint Paul tavern and sentenced to time in St. Cloud prison.[3]

At his release, he started working as a hairdresser and opened a series of beauty salons in Saint Paul.[3][4] He married and had children with his wife. In the mid 1960s, he sold his business and moved his family near Aspen, Colorado.[4]

American Indian Movement[edit]

Bellecourt was a long-time leader in the American Indian Movement, which his younger brother, Clyde Bellecourt, helped found in 1968. Vernon soon became involved as well. He co-founded the AIM chapter in Denver, and was its first Executive Director. It worked in urban areas to ensure civil rights for American Indians, as well as to educate people about their cultural and spiritual heritage.[5]

Bellecourt took part in the 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties caravan to Washington, DC. He served as a negotiator during AIM's occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters building at the Department of Interior. Bellecourt was present briefly during the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He acted as an AIM spokesman and fundraiser during the 71-day standoff with federal agents.

After Wounded Knee, Bellecourt worked with the International Indian Treaty Council, which advocates on behalf of Indigenous rights throughout the Western Hemisphere. He became a leader of AIM’s work abroad, meeting with foreign leaders such as Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, Muammar al-Gaddafi of Libya, and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat.[3]

Bellecourt was active for many years in the campaign to free AIM activist Leonard Peltier, who was convicted in 1977 of killing two FBI agents during a 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Peltier was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Sports mascots and nicknames[edit]

As president of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media, Bellecourt worked to end the unauthorized use of American Indian tribal land nicknames in American sports. Bellecourt fought against nicknames such as the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves or Kansas City Chiefs. He was arrested twice in Cleveland in protest of the Cleveland Indians' mascot, Chief Wahoo. During the 1997 World Series Bellecourt was arrested for setting fire to a stuffed doll of Chief Wahoo while protesting outside of Jacobs Field. Charges against him were dropped.[6] Bellecourt was arrested in 1998 but was not charged.

Final days[edit]

In August 2007, Bellecourt accepted an invitation from the Venezuelan government to attend the First International Congress of Anti-imperialist Indigenous Peoples of America. He met with President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. The two discussed the possibility of Chavez' providing aid to Native American groups.[2]

According to his brother Clyde, Bellecourt fell ill soon after the trip and was hospitalized. He died of pneumonia at age 75, in Minneapolis where he lived.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AIM Leader Vernon Bellecourt Dies at 75". AP. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "Native Amer. Activist Bellecourt Dies, 75". CBS News. 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  3. ^ a b c Rosenblum, Gail; Levy, Paul (2007-10-15). "Vernon Bellecourt: A lifetime of protest". Star Tribune. pp. A1. ISSN 0895-2825. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  4. ^ a b De Leon, David (1994). Leaders from the 1960s: A Biographical Sourcebook of American Activism. Greenwood Press. p. 29. ISBN 0-313-27414-2. 
  5. ^ "In Remembrance: Vernon Bellecourt", Native American Church
  6. ^ "Ohio v. Vernon Bellecourt, et al". Court TV. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 

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