I Will: How Four American Indians Put Their Lives on the Line and Changed History (Hardcover)

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A unique portrayal of four members of the American Indian Movement--with fascinating full-color images created by Leonard Peltier!
In I Will, Sheron Wyant-Leonard weaves the personal recollections of four members of the American Indian Movement--Leonard Peltier, Dennis Banks, Dorothy Ninham, and her husband Herb Powless--into a unique narrative to expose their trials and tribulations over the course of two decades. 

When the last gunshots of the Indian Wars of the nineteenth century faded away, a dark and desperate time began for Native American people. Poverty, neglect, and hopelessness hung over the land. But as the seventies dawned, a powerful movement for change by newly urban Indians was born with the words “American Indian Movement.” This story includes a brief look at their childhoods as told by the people who lived it, including their government boarding schools, reservation life, the fight against termination, and the founding of their resistance with building takeovers and government saboteurs, a prison escape, including the largest FBI manhunt in history. They walked the line between courage and fear and changed the direction of Native history forever.  

About the Author

Sheron Wyant-Leonard was born in the heart of the Jim Crow south in Montgomery, Alabama, to an Army Airborne Ranger and a mother who worked for the Department of Defense. Drawn to the arts at a young age, she worked in the American theatre with legendary director Adrian Hall and studied with renowned playwright, Donald Freed. Her play about the AIDS Quilt, titled In Stitches, was an early indication of her serious talent. She takes on the hard issues of Human Rights and the human struggles that have often evolved unfairly in American society. Her stories examine the heart, written with the clever hand of a dramatist. Her characters understand both the humor and the profound sadness born of a poverty not of one’s own making. She resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Praise For…

“Finally, the one we’ve been waiting for, this book is a true examination of the heart.” 
—Jack Healey, former Director of Amnesty International USA

“Both heartbreaking and inspiring, Sheron Wyant-Leonard adds a dimension to the American Indian Movement narrative that demands its place among the story of this country. This book captures the essence of the American Indian Movement in the tragedy, triumph, and above all, humanity, of the individuals portrayed.” —Judge Kevin Sharp, U.S. District Court (2011- 2017)

"While working in a community radio news department during the 1970s, I aired many reports on AIM-related events. Back then, I thought I knew what was going on. After reading I Will, I realize I barely knew a single thing."
—Jill Hannum, former News Department co-director, KPFA-FM

“During the Wounded Knee siege in winter of ‘73 on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, roadblocks were set up to keep out the press. Herb Powless, (featured in I Will) arranged a two-day overland trek to get me inside the besieged compound. I owe my films to that."
Kevin McKiernan Pulitzer Prize-nominated foreign correspondent; creator of The Spirit of Crazy Horse and From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock films

"I Will humanizes history, uplifting the tenacious and courageous love that mobilized a world-changing movement for Native rights. Wyant-Leonard reveals the inspiring life spark carried through extraordinary individual leaders who lit the way for future generations."
—​Gabrielle Tayac, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor of Public History at George Mason University 

"Sheron Wyant-Leonard has a poet’s way with words and understands that it is the details, closely and freshly observed—a glance between friends, the feel of falling snow, one night’s alignment of the stars, the manifestations of hunger or fear or joy—that make a story, even about important, troubled times, come to life. I Will weaves into the arduous paths of four people who ended up leaders of the American Indian Movement insights about love, courage, determination and the wisdom of native ways. The result manages to be both heartbreaking and inspiriting." —James Silk, Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights at Yale Law School
Product Details
ISBN: 9781951627768
ISBN-10: 1951627768
Publisher: Arcade
Publication Date: July 20th, 2021
Pages: 352
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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