American Indian activist Bellecourt says arrest was unwarranted

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Clyde Bellecourt, one of the founding members of the American Indian Movement, was arrested in Minneapolis this week.

Bellecourt was the only person arrested after a demonstration of solidarity with a Canadian tribal group embroiled in a treaty rights dispute. His lawyer tells the Star Tribune Bellecourt's arrest was improper, saying he was arrested because of who he is and not what he was doing.

The arrest came at the IDS Center's Crystal Court in downtown Minneapolis. Bellecourt had been watching a demonstration in support of the group Idle No More. A similar event involving drumming and dancing was held at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth over the weekend.

Events in several U.S. cities recently have supported the Idle No More movement, which is drawing attention to Canadian legislation tribes say has abrogated their treaty rights.

A video of Bellecourt's arrest was posted to You Tube.

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