Reuben Snake's life story is at once intensely personal and a retelling of the most significant events and developments affecting Indian America in modern times. Snake experienced the same challenges as many young Indians -- schooling designed to strip Indian children of their native language and culture: racial discrimination, unemployment, homelessness, and alcohol abuse. Activist, educator, and political and spiritual leader, Reuben Snake rose to leadership within the Winnebago community, the American Indian Movement, the Native American Church, and other organizations. Snake reflects on his experiences with humor, humility and rare political and spiritual insight. This remarkable autobiography wastransmitted orally to Jay Fikes during the final month of Snake's life. Reuben A. Snake, Jr., was born in January 1937 and died in June 1993.