On a hot June morning in 1975 a brutal shoot-out between FBI and American Indians erupted on a remote property near Wounded Knee in South Dakota. The confrontation ended with the death of three men, including two FBI officers; eventually, four Indians were indicted on murder charges. One of them, Leonard Peltier, is now serving two consecutive life sentences. This book suggests that Peltier may be innocent. Looking at the larger issues behind the Pine Ridge shoot-out the book offers a comprehensive history of what Indian activists have been doing to bring these issues to the forefront of American life.
About the Author
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.