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Eddie Benton-Banai, Native Activist Who Co-Founded the American Indian Movement, Dies at 89

HeadlineDec 03, 2020

The renowned Native American activist Eddie Benton-Banai has died at the age of 89. Benton-Banai grew up on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation in northern Wisconsin in the 1930s. In the 1960s, he met Native American activist Clyde Bellecourt in a Minnesota prison. The pair went on to co-found the American Indian Movement, where Benton-Banai led organizing efforts against police harassment and brutality directed at Indigenous peoples in Minneapolis. He also helped launch the International Indian Treaty Council, which works for the sovereignty and self-determination of Indigenous peoples.

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