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In the shadow of Wounded Knee : the untold final chapter of the Indian Wars
Roger Di Silvestro
Adult Nonfiction E83.89 .D57 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

On December 29, 1890, the U.S. Seventh Cavalry killed more than 150 Lakota men, women and children at Wounded Knee, S.Dak. Was it a battle or a massacre? That became the key point of dispute when a Brul? Lakota warrior named Plenty Horses was brought to trial for the murder of Lt. Edward Casey, whom he had killed a week after the slaughter. If the U.S. was not at war with the Lakota, reasoning went, then the Lakota were murdered; but if a state of war did exist, then Plenty Horses's "fatal bullet through the back of Casey's skull" was also an act of war, not murder. Complicating the juridical conundrum was a simpler case: shortly after Casey's death, the "infamous" Culbertson brothers attacked a peaceful Indian encampment. Would an Indian hang for killing a white officer? Could two white men be convicted for killing a settlement of Indians? Though scholars may object that the author, an editor at National Wildlife, oversimplifies the complex history of the American West, Di Silvestro's informal tone makes for breezy reading. Readers new to the subject will find his clear explanation helpful, the violent encounters dramatic and the trials absorbing. Agent, Gail Ross. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The denouement of the Plains Indian Wars is the background for this history of the separate 1891 court cases in South Dakota involving Plenty Horses and the Culbertson brothers. Plenty Horses was a Brul? Sioux who had been educated at the Indian school at Carlisle, PA, and stood accused of murdering Lt. Edward Casey of the U.S. Army. The Culbertson brothers were cowboy ranchers accused of murdering Lakota Sioux. These alleged murders had occurred in the aftermath of the assassination of Sioux Chief Sitting Bull and the subsequent massacre of Sioux peoples at Wounded Knee by the U.S. Army in December 1890. Di Silvestro (senior editor, National Wildlife magazine), best known for his wildlife and conservation writings, traces the complex series of events that led to the U.S. Army testifying in civil court in defense of Plenty Horses' actions. This examination of the aftermath of the Wounded Knee crisis as it played out in legal proceedings and in the popular press is enlightening about how American society developed its views of the late Plains Indian Wars. Recommended for public and academic libraries with interests in Native American, civil rights, and military history.-Nathan E. Bender, Buffalo Bill Historical Ctr., Cody, WY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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