Published February 13, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS — Clyde Bellecourt, 79, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, attended the Black America Forum in Minneapolis on Friday and told Senator Bernie Sanders, candidate vying for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination:
“I get angry when I hear all you (politicians) never say a single word about Native people!”
Bellecourt asked Sanders if he would honor treaties made between American Indian nations and the federal government.
“I will do everything I can to redress that,” said Sanders.
Never afraid to express his mind, Bellecourt told Sanders: “America is scholastically retarded about the history of Native Americans.”
Sanders attended the Black America Forum as a way to attract more votes away from Hillary Clinton, who has a long history of having support among African American voters.