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Ghost dancing the law : the Wounded Knee trials

Author: John William Sayer
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.
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After the siege ended at Wounded Knee the real battle had yet to be fought. The 1973 standoff in South Dakota between Oglala Lakota Indians and federal lawmen led to the criminal prosecution of American Indian Movement leaders Dennis Banks and Russell Means. The ten month trial had all the earmarks of a political tribunal; with the defense led by William Kunstler and the prosecution backed by the Nixon  Read more...
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Sayer, John William.
Ghost dancing the law.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)603442952
Online version:
Sayer, John William.
Ghost dancing the law.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)605229135
Named Person: Dennis Banks; Dennis Banks; Dennis Banks
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John William Sayer
ISBN: 0674354338 9780674354333
OCLC Number: 36476947
Description: ix, 310 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: John William Sayer.
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After the siege ended at Wounded Knee the real battle had yet to be fought. The 1973 standoff in South Dakota between Oglala Lakota Indians and federal lawmen led to the criminal prosecution of American Indian Movement leaders Dennis Banks and Russell Means. The ten month trial had all the earmarks of a political tribunal; with the defense led by William Kunstler and the prosecution backed by the Nixon administration, it became a media battle for public opinion. This first book-length study of the Wounded Knee trials demonstrates the impact that legal institutions and the media have on political dissent. It also shows how the dissenters as defendants can influence these institutions and the surrounding political and cultural climate.

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