January 1, 1995
January 1, 1995
Examines the 1975 confrontation between Indians and FBI agents that led to the conviction of Indian leader Leonard Peltier
After a 1975 shootout on an Indian reservation near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, left two FBI agents dead, Leonard Peltier, a prominent member of the American Indian Movement, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. In his brilliant dissection of this infamous case, Peter Matthiessen shows that Peltier's story is merely one of many instances of violent encounters between Native Americans and various U.S. forces, most of which seem to have been instigated by the government's repeated transgressions on Indian land. Remarkably, in the course of investigating the scant evidence presented at the trial, Matthiessen uncovered forensic proof which seems to indicate that Peltier could not possibly have been the killer, and that the real shooter likely acted in self-defense. Notably, the paperback edition of the book was held up for more than eight years while FBI officials and a former governor of South Dakota enacted legislation against Matthiessen for libel, cases which were eventually dismissed in favor of the author.
- Genre: History, Social Science
- Subgenre: Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies, United States / 20th Century
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Peter Matthiessen
- Online Item #: 11454200
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-02-8031
- ISBN: 9780140144567
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported