Welch was the son of two mixed-race Native Americans of Blackfeet and A’aninin tribes. They were both raised with their Native American cultures as was Welch.
Welch published his first poetry book, Riding the Earthboy Forty, in 1971. He published several novels including Winter in the Blood, Fool’s Crow, and The Indian Lawyer provided him interntational critical acclaim. He wrote about Native American life and experience. He received the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in France.
He died in 2003 from a heart attack.
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