Thunder Before the Storm : The Autobiography of Clyde Bellecourt

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The American Indian Movement burst onto the scene in the late 1960s as indigenous people across the country began to demand what is rightfully theirs. Clyde Bellecourt, whose Ojibwe name translates as "The Thunder Before the Storm," is one of its cofounders and iconic leaders. This powerful autobiography provides an intimate narrative of his childhood on the White Earth Reservation, his long journey through the prison system, and his embodiment of "confrontation politics" in waging war against entrenched racism.
Bellecourt is up-front and unapologetic when discussing his battles with drug addiction, his clashes with other AIM leaders, his experiences on the Trail of Broken Treaties and at Wounded Knee, and the cases of Leonard Peltier and murdered AIM activist Anna Mae Aquash. This gritty, as-told-to memoir also uncovers the humanity behind Bellecourt's militant image, revealing a sensitive spirit whose wounds motivated him to confront injustice and to help others gain a sense of pride by knowing their culture.
The Thunder Before the Storm offers an invaluable inside look at the birth of a national movement--the big personalities, the creativity, and the perseverance that were necessary to alter the course of Native and American history.
"Raw. Unapologetic. Transporting. . . . History without the bullshit. This book demonstrates that indigenous resistance in the face of government tyranny is a tradition that continues to this day."--Simon Moya-Smith (Lakota and Chicano), culture editor at Indian Country Today
"More than just a history of Red Power, it is a personal story of struggle and redemption. Clyde Bellecourt may continue to incite controversy but one thing is certain: he is a legend who has devoted his life to fighting for Indian people."--Bradley Shreve, PhD, Tribal College Journal
ISBN: 
9781681341248
Binding: 
Paperback
Publication Date: 
October 15, 2018