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American Indian Rights Activist Dies

American Indian Rights Activist Vernon Bellecourt died Saturday.

Bellecourt was a leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM). The movement led a number of sometimes violent protests and was especially active in the 1970's, reported the Star Tribune.

Recently Bellecourt was active in protesting sports teams with names and mascots offensive to American Indians. He has also been active internationally; shortly before his death, he met with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, said the Associated Press as printed in the Pioneer Press.

Bellecourt died of pneumonia and was 75 years old.

The Star Tribune story was longer and contained more details of Bellecourt's life. The AP story focused on Bellecourt's activism with sports teams.