Steve McCollough – Photo courtesy of Steve McCollough
Published July 5, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS — On June 22, 2018, co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and current national director of the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council Clyde Bellecourt released a letter denouncing “Chief” Steve McCullough as a member of the American Indian Movement.
Native News Online has received the following response from Steve McCollough and is publishing it in its entirety:
This letter is in response to the article titled “AIM NATIONAL DIRECTOR CLYDE BELLECOURT DENOUNCES FAKE CHIEF…” from June 22, 2018.
Hau, Mitakuyepi, (Hello, To all my relations)
Chanté wašté Napé chiyuzapelo, (I extend a good warm-hearted hand shake to you)
Iktomi Sha Imachiaypelo, (I am Red Spider)
Wašiču Chaže Kile Steve McCullough (My western society Name is Steve McCullough)
We live in a country where there is freedom of religion. We live in a society of laws and what we are doing is on private property. You are welcome to come join us to pray for what’s most important, and that is the family structure, peace for all living beings, and healing for mother earth. If this is what you feel in your heart and is important as well, you are welcome to attend the Salt Creek Sundance.
If you carry anger in your heart, promote violence, aggression, boastfulness, and political rhetoric, you are not welcome to attend the Salt Creek Sundance. For our goal, our mission, is healing for our environment around us, healing in one’s self, and healing for the family structure that the world is losing.
I would like to express some words for clarity. At the time I was given this responsibility, I was encouraged that this is a way of life and that it is a lifetime responsibility. For the responsibility that was passed on to me by my hunka family is a lifetime commitment. So, I agreed to this commitment for the rest of my life. For those of you that are asking who my hunka family is, come and take the time to shake my hand and ask me.
Chief Red Spider
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