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
Author: Clyde Bellecourt, Jon Lurie
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Binding Type: Paperback
Size: 8.90h x 6.00w x 0.90d
About the Author
Clyde Bellecourt cofounded the American Indian Movement and has worked for Indian rights for decades. He lives in Minneapolis. Jon Lurie, educator and journalist, has worked in the Minneapolis Native American community for many years. He is a staff writer for The Circle and has written for numerous other publications.