Kent Blansett, a Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi descendant, is associate professor of Indigenous studies and history at the University of Kansas.
The book excels when examining the philosophy of a movement that often struggled with ethics and attempted to implement a theory that was never going to gain strong popular attraction -Robert Wyss, The Journal of American History Writing from the heart, Kent Blansett demonstrates the sui generis leadership of Richard Oakes in the big picture of Native nationalism that rocked federal-Indian relations and captured public attention in the quest for sovereignty. -Donald L. Fixico, author of Call for Change: The Medicine Way of American Indian History, Ethos, and Reality In this exhaustively researched and brilliant work, Kent Blansett centers the story on Mohawk leader Richard Oakes. A Journey to Freedom is a powerfully told and richly documented biography of one of Indian Country's most important leaders and contributes to our understanding of the Red Power Movement, the occupation of Alcatraz Island, Native American activism in the twentieth century, and the urban Indian experience. -Amy Lonetree, author of Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums Kent Blansett's deeply researched and well-told biography reveals the centrality of tribal nationalism in Intertribal organizing. Richard Oakes's story frames a major rethinking of the entire history of the Red Power movement. Not to be missed! -Philip J. Deloria, author of Playing Indian