Native activist Clyde Bellecourt hospitalized during trespassing trial


Clyde Bellecourt, the 77-year-old co-founder of the American Indian Movement, fell ill during his trespassing trial in Minneapolis Wednesday and was hospitalized.

His attorney, Larry Leventhal, tells the Pioneer Press Bellecourt was treated for atrial fibrilation. The trial was suspended and will resume when Bellecourt's health allows.

Bellecourt was arrested on Christmas eve, when security guards broke up a civil rights demonstration at the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis. Police said he refused to leave the building when ordered to do so. The Pioneer Press reports Bellecourt, who is diabetic, says he told them he needed to finish having a sweet roll and coffee to raise his blood sugar before he left.

The December demonstration was a show of support for the Canadian group Idle No More, which is involved in a treaty rights dispute.

Here's more on Bellecourt, a member of the White Earth band of Ojibwe whose activism dates back to the 1960's.

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