In the spirit of Crazy Horse

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1992 - History - 646 pages
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On a hot June morning in 1975, a desperate shoot-out between FBI agents and Native Americans near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, left an Indian and two federal agents dead. Four members of AIM, the American Indian Movement, were indicted on murder charges, and one, Leonard Peltier, was convicted and is now serving consecutive life sentences in a federal penitentiary.

Behind this violent chain of events lie issues of great complexity and profound historical resonance, brilliantly explicated by Peter Matthiessen in this controversial book. In a comprehensive history of the desperate Indian efforts to maintain their traditions, Matthiessen reveals the Lakota tribe's long struggle with the U.S. government, from Red Cloud's War and Little Big Horn in the nineteenth century to the shameful discrimination that led to the new Indian wars of the 1970s.

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This book recounts an almost unbelievable tale of corruption and serves as a good reminder of just how ineffective and horrifying the justice system becomes in the hands of people with political ... Read full review

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I downloaded this book from Audible the week before Peter Mattiessen died, and listening to it when the obits came out. Then the NYTimes magazine ran an article about an investigation into the death ... Read full review


THIEVES ROAD The Oglala Lakota 18351965
THE UPSIDEDOWN FLAG The American Indian Movement 196873
TO WOUNDED KNEE FebruaryMay 1973

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Peter Matthiessen was the cofounder of the Paris Review and is the author of numerous works of nonfiction, including In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Indian Country, and The Snow Leopard, winner of the National Book Award.

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