Post Review] "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.
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.
Kept off the
shelves for eight years because of one of the most protracted and
bitterly fought legal cases in
publishing history, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse makes clear why the
traditional Indian concept of the sacred inviolability of the earth
is so important, especially at a time when increasing populations are
destroying the precious resources of our world.
By the time I had
turned the final page, I felt angry enough... to want to shout from
the rooftops, 'Wake up, America, before it's too late!' For
Matthiessen, in this extraordinary, complex work, powerfully
propounds several disturbing themes which the white majority in
America will ignore at extreme peril."
-- Nick Kotz,
The Washington Post