The Politics of Hallowed Ground: Wounded Knee and the Struggle for Indian Sovereignty
by Mario Gonzalez and Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
University of Illinois Press, 1999
Paper: 978-0-252-06669-6 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09891-8 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02354-5
Library of Congress Classification E99.T34G65 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.86

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
      This book is the powerful story of the ongoing struggle of indigenous
        Americans in the twentieth century United States and of its shift in focus
        from traditional battlefield and massacre sites to federal courtrooms
        and the halls of Congress.
      The Politics of Hallowed Ground includes excerpts from the diary
        kept by Mario Gonzalez, the attorney for the Sioux Nation in its struggle
        for recognition of the Wounded Knee Massacre site as a national monument.
        Gonzalez's personal record of the struggle is coupled with commentary
        by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, a Native American writer who places the work in
        its historical context. Together, the two voices will draw the reader
        into far more than the continuing struggle of the Sioux people to achieve
        justice.
      The book covers Sioux history from before the Wounded Knee tragedy to
        modern times, through the Sioux Nation's long and often rancorous dialogue
        with the U.S. government over control of South Dakota's Black Hills, traditional
        Sioux lands recognized by treaty in 1877 and never forfeited or sold.
        After reading a 13-year-old survivor's narrative of what happened at Wounded
        Knee and the list of the dead and wounded, readers will find it difficult
        not to share the Sioux perspective.
      "Provocative and compelling with its raw incisive written commentary
        by a man who is trained as a lawyer but still views his world through
        tribal lenses." -- Leonard R. Bruguier, Director of the Institute
        of American Indian Studies, University of South Dakota
      "By far the most moving, most compelling book I have read about
        the Sioux and their ongoing struggle to come to grips with history. Gonzalez
        and Cook-Lynn let us see the gut-wrenching realities that people who work
        to make a difference face." - Robert Allen Warrior, author of Tribal
        Secrets: Recovering American Indian Intellectual Traditions
 

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