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In The Spirit of Crazy Horse

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Author: Peter Matthiessen

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse chronicles the tumultuous history between the Sioux and the United States government, with emphasis on contemporary events on the Sioux reservations of South Dakota. He focused on the events of the 1970s on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This included the Wounded Knee Incident, a seventy-one day, armed stand-off between federal and state agents, and members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), an activist group, and their Oglala Lakota supporters at Wounded Knee. Two Native Americans were killed and a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent seriously wounded. Matthiessen features the AIM activist Leonard Peltier, through his involvement in the 1975 "Pine Ridge Shootout," in which two FBI agents were killed; his later trial and conviction; and the controversies surrounding the case.

Bill Janklow, the former Republican state attorney general and governor of South Dakota, and David Price, an agent with the FBI, filed libel suits against Viking Press for contents of the book. Janklow also filed a suit against the author Matthiessen. In an unusual action, he filed a suit against three South Dakota booksellers for selling copies of the book. Viking Press filed a countersuit against Janklow, which in part alleged he had interfered with the company's constitutional rights to publish and distribute the book. The lawsuits prevented the book from being published in paperback for eight years. The rulings supported the author's and publisher's rights of free speech under the First Amendment to the Constitution, and the booksellers' rights to sell books.

Product Details
  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (March 1, 1992)
  • ISBN-10: 0140144560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140144567
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.4 inches
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