Clyde Bellecourt was invited to participate in an international meeting of the World Council of Churches at Montreux, Switzerland, the first WCC to invite representation by Native Americans. He says the principal goal is to elicit support for American Indian treaty rights. He also states that since AIM's formation in 1968, its’ three worst enemies have been the Christian Church, the Office of Education, and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).
In 1973 the Standing Rock Treaty Convention was held, and Bellecourt hopes the WCC will endorse that declaration of continued independence; He says "only through recognitions of our treaties will we alleviate the poverty stricken conditions that WCC will be addressing." He will bring to the WCC's attention that some church promises to AIM, such as financial commitments, have never been fulfilled, and he will ask for help in publishing and distributing books that tell the true story of AIM and Wounded Knee. Bellecourt says the Lutheran church in South Dakota has not supplied promised money for Indian programs. In addition to seeking international church support for treaty rights, Bellecourt will seek financial support for projects for education, creation of international treaty offices, and other projects.