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A classic of investigative journalism
on 22 May 2006
This is one of the best books I have ever read. This book reveals the plight of the American Indian in painstaking detail and focuses on the events of 25th June 1975 when two FBI agents were fatally wounded after having trespassed onto Indian territory as part of an ongoing process of violence and intimidation carried out by both the FBI and the Government freindly indians - or goons as they were known - in which hundreds of traditional indians were murdered over a period of years. I the spirit of Crazy horse focuses on why these events took place, and eaxmined the case in minute detail, revealing a disgraceful, ongoing miscarriage of justice. As late as November, 2003, the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that Much of the government's behavior at the Pine
Ridge Reservation and in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed!
Human rights organizations worldwide have long called for hearings into the use of the criminal justice system by the FBI for political purposes. Amnesty International has called for his immediate release on the grounds that Peltier does not have adequate recourse to justice.
In March 2004, the Peltier legal team submitted another formal request to the U.S. Congress for an investigation into the actions against Peltier and the American Indian Movement during the 1970s. This request calls on legislators to fully investigate the FBI's role in the violence on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota from 1973 to 1976, and the now documented official misconduct against members of AIM during that period. These efforts are ongoing.
In the spirit of Crazy horse is an incredibly powerful book and demands to be read by anyone interested in justice, the current plight of indigenous peoples the world over, and the destruction of our natural environment. Crazy horse is a vital addition to the understanding of the history of the native American people and stands alongside such classics as Bury my heart at Wounded Knee, and Black Elk Speaks. Quite simply, this book demands to be read!