“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