Loud Hawk: The United States Versus the American Indian Movement

Kenneth S. Stern, Author
Kenneth S. Stern, Author University of Oklahoma Press $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8061-2587-9
Reviewed on: 02/28/1994
Release date: 03/01/1994
Hardcover - 379 pages - 978-0-585-14613-3
Paperback - 384 pages - 978-0-8061-3439-0
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This is the shocking story of a criminal case that began in Portland, Ore., in 1975 and ended in 1988 after 13 years of pre-trial litigation. Six members of the American Indian Movement--Dennis Banks, his wife KaMook, Kenny Loud Hawk, Russell Redner, Anna Mae Aquash and Leonard Peltier--were charged with possessing dangerous weapons with intent to use them. Stern, a law student at the time, volunteered his services to the defense attorneys and remained with the case until its resolution. Here he charges governmental abuse of the legal system, anti-Indian bias and vindictiveness by the FBI; he also provides examples of judicial and political courage. This riveting account of documented persecution, intensive legal research and vindication when the case was finally dismissed by the Federal District Court in Oregon is a major addition to human rights literature. (Apr.)
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