Dakota Warrior: The Story of James R.Weddell

Dakota Warrior: The Story of James R.Weddell

by Daniele Bolelli, Gloria Mattioni


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This book tells of the epic life and legal odyssey of James R. Weddell, a Yankton-Sioux man sentenced to eighty years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. In 1993, Italian journalist, author and documentary producer Gloria Mattioni met James and volunteered to investigate and seek justice. For the following ten years, she spared no efforts to make sure that the case would be reopened and James would win his freedom back. After an exhausting legal battle, James R. Weddell finally walked free on December 18th, 2003.
Dakota Warrior is a meditation on what it means to embody the figure of the warrior in our modern society. It is also a breathless tale of daring prison breaks earning Weddell the nickname of the American Indian Houdini, of ending up on America's Most Wanted, of the unyielding fight for the Black Hills--the Lakota sacred lands that were illegally taken by the U.S. government, of political activism, of the shootout and reconciliation with AIM leader Russell Means, of racism and unexpected friendship, of tribal history and strong spiritual beliefs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495963858
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Gloria Mattioni is the author of Reckless-The Outrageous Lives of Nine Kick-Ass Women (Seal Press, October 2005), and four other books previously published in Italy (among them, the novel Con Altri Occhi, and La Tribù dei Mangiatori di Sogni.) When she's not on the road on a "mission", she lives in Los Angeles contributing features to different media and producing documentaries. She is presently working at her new novel.

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