The Politics of Hallowed Ground: Wounded Knee and the Struggle for Indian Sovereignty

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This account of hope, anger, and the pursuit of honor centers around the efforts, beginning in 1985, of the Wounded Knee Survivors' Associations to obtain legal redress for the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Interweaving entries from the diary of Oglala attorney Mario Gonzalez and historical commentary by Santee/Yankton writer Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, The Politics of Hallowed Ground traces the Survivors' Associations' struggle to secure from the U.S. government a formal apology and recognition of the massacre site as...
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Overview

This account of hope, anger, and the pursuit of honor centers around the efforts, beginning in 1985, of the Wounded Knee Survivors' Associations to obtain legal redress for the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Interweaving entries from the diary of Oglala attorney Mario Gonzalez and historical commentary by Santee/Yankton writer Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, The Politics of Hallowed Ground traces the Survivors' Associations' struggle to secure from the U.S. government a formal apology and recognition of the massacre site as a National American Monument. Surveying both recent and historical events, Gonzalez and Cook-Lynn address critical issues of cultural bias and collective memory. Their observations expose not only the seemingly unbridgeable gap between white and Native cultures but also impassioned dialogue among various tribes affected by the Wounded Knee Massacre.
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What People Are Saying

Leonard R. Bruguier
Provocative and compelling with its raw incisive commentary written by a man who is trained as a lawyer but still views his world through tribal lenses.
Robert Allen Warrior
By far the most moving, most compelling book I have read about the Sioux and their ongoing struggle to come to grips with history....[Let's] us see the gut-wrenching realities that people who work to make a difference face.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252066696
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Diaries and Chronicles: Introduction 13
Pt. 1 The Dilemma of Ethical Systems and Legal Ideas (May 5, 1989-October 30, 1990) 23
Pt. 2 Word Searchers and Big Foot Riders (November 1, 1990-April 24, 1991) 79
Pt. 3 Wocowoyake (True Stories) (April 30, 1991-October 12, 1991) 121
Pt. 4 The Imagined Sense and the Community as Tribal Nation (October 13, 1991-April 24, 1992) 193
Epilogue 231
App. A Other Readings and Dates of Significance 237
App. B Brown Hat's Vision 246
App. C Written Testimony of Mario Gonzalez from the September 25, 1990, Senate Hearing 248
App. D The Forced Reduction of the Great Sioux Reservation 257
App. E Chronology of Events Leading Up to the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre 292
App. F The Wounded Knee Death List 296
App. G List of Claims Paid under the Sioux Depredations Act 316
App. H Chronology of Historical/Legal Events on Sioux Land Claims 331
App. I A Resolution Expressing the Federal Government's Deep Regret for the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre 358
App. J A Bill to Establish a Wounded Knee National Tribal Park 360
Notes 370
Sources 413
Index 417
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