The Thunder Before the Storm

The 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 "confrontationpolitics" 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.
Publisher: Saint Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781681340197
Branch Call Number: 323.1197 BEL
Characteristics: 336 pages :,illustrations
Additional Contributors: Lurie, Jon 1967-


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May 15, 2017

Fascinating account in Neegonnwayweedun's (Mr Bellecourt's) own conversational voice. He explains and provides context for events that I vaguely remember hearing about in my younger years. It's worth reading!

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