On a hot June morning in 1975, a shoot-out between FBI agents and American Indians erupted on a reservation near Wounded Knee in South Dakota. Two FBI agents and one Indian died. Eventually four Indians, all members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) were indicted on murder charges, Twenty-two years late, one of them, Leonard Peltier, is still ...Read MoreOn a hot June morning in 1975, a shoot-out between FBI agents and American Indians erupted on a reservation near Wounded Knee in South Dakota. Two FBI agents and one Indian died. Eventually four Indians, all members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) were indicted on murder charges, Twenty-two years late, one of them, Leonard Peltier, is still serving two consecutive life sentences. The story of what really happened and why Matthiessen is convinced of Peltier's innocence, forms the central narrative in this classic work of investigative reporting. But Mathiessen also reveals the larger issues behind the Pine Ridge shoot-out: systematic discrimination by the white authorities; corporate determination to exploit the uranium deposits in the Black Hills; the breaking of treaties; and FBI hostility towards the AIM, which was set up to bring just such issues to light. When this book was first published it was immediately the subject of two $25 million-dollar legal actions that attempted to suppress it permanently. After eight years of court battles, ending with a Supreme Court judgement, Mathiessen won the right to tell Peltier's and his people's story.Read Less
In The Spirit of Crazy Horse deals with the governments continuing war against the native peoples. Leonard Pelitier was part of AIM and worked to help the people on the reservation much to the dismay of the FBI and pro government tribal president. The book covers many of the events which took place during the Wounded Knee uprising. Leonard and several other members of the American Indian Movement were charged with in the death of an indian and several FBI agents.
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Oct 20, 2008
Crazy Horse + the truth= Today
This book is not specifically about Crazy Horse but about the history of a people through the courts of the United States. It takes you on a historical account of the American Indian Movement. If you are looking for early indian accounts then this book is not for you. This book starts in the early 19th century but quickly jumps to the 20th century. Still a great book to read and gives you a different perspective through the courts.
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