Ghost Dancing the Law

Ghost Dancing the Law

Sayer draws on court records, news reports, and interviews to show how both the defense and the prosecution had to respond continually to legal constraints, media coverage, and political events outside the courtroom.

Author: John William Sayer

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674001842

Category: Law

Page: 310

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This study of the Wounded Knee trials demonstrates the impact that legal institutions and the media have on political dissent. Sayer draws on court records, news reports, and interviews to show how both the defense and the prosecution had to respond continually to legal constraints, media coverage, and political events outside the courtroom.
Categories: Law

Political Trials

Political Trials

The trial, whatever its outcome, set before us in a public forum a contradiction we might not be able to resolve but which ... For an account of these events and the trial, see John William Sayer, Ghost Dancing the Law: The Wounded Knee ...

Author: Ron Christenson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351498579

Category: Political Science

Page: 344

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"Political trials take issues of responsibility, conscience, representation, and legitimacy, which are tied in tight political and legal knots, and force us to face questions about our public identity, our standards for public policy, and our sense of history. Ron Christenson explores how political trials, especially those within the rule of law, engage society's conflicting values and loyalties. He examines numerous political trials throughout history, bringing into question basic foundations of law, politics, and society. Christenson classifies political trials according to the issues they generate in the political sphere: partisan trials are spurious legal proceedings but politically expedient; trials of corruption and insanity raise questions of public and personal responsibility; trials of dissenters involve problems of conscience; trials of nationalists highlight the nature of representation and the relationship of the part to the whole; and trials of regimes engage the most fundamental concept of both law and politics--legitimacy. Political Trials brings these considerations to bear on some of the best-known cases in history, including the Gunpowder Plot; the Spanish Inquisition; the Dreyfus affair; the Nuremburg trials; trials of dissenters such as Socrates, Thomas More, Roger Williams, and the Berrigan brothers; and trials of nationalists such as Joan of Arc, Gandhi, Knut Hamsun, and the Irish republicans. Since the first edition appeared, a number of notable political trials have raised critical issues for society. Shocking public exposures about the Guildford 4 and Maguire 7 trials shook the British criminal justice establishment, while in the United States trials concerning the beating of Rodney King led up to the O.J. Simpson spectacle and a host of parallel questions. The trials of right-wing terrorists such as Paul Hill, found guilty of murdering an abortion doctor, and Timothy McVeigh, convicted of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, parallel "
Categories: Political Science

The History of Nebraska Law

The History of Nebraska Law

John William Sayer, Ghost Dancing tke Law: The Wounded Knee Trials (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997), 29-30, 31-32; Smith and Warrior, Like a Hurricane, 177-93. 5. Robert M. Utley, The Lance and the Shield: The Life and ...

Author: Alan G. Gless

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 9780821417874

Category: Law

Page: 318

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In the aftermath of the Civil War, legislators in the Nebraska Territory grappled with the responsibility of forming a state government as well as with the larger issues of reconstructing the Union, protecting civil rights, and redefining federal-state relations. In the years that followed, Nebraskans coped with regional and national economic collapses. Nebraska women struggled for full recognition in the legal profession. Meyer v. Nebraska, a case involving a teacher in a one-room rural Nebraska schoolhouse, changed the course of American constitutional doctrine and remains one of the cornerstones of civil liberties law. And Roscoe Pound, a boy from Lincoln, went on to become one of the nation's great legal philosophers. Much of Nebraska law reflects mainstream American law, yet Nebraskans have been open to experiment and innovation. The state revamped the legislative process by establishing the nation's only unicameral legislature and pioneered public employment collective bargaining and dispute resolution through its commission of industrial relations and relaxation of strict separation of powers. Nebraska holds a prominent position in the field of Native American legal history, and the state's original inhabitants have been at the center of many significant developments in federal Indian policy. Nebraska Indian legal history is replete with stories of failure and success, triumph and heartache, hope and misery, suffering and hardship.
Categories: Law

Hippies Indians and the Fight for Red Power

Hippies  Indians  and the Fight for Red Power

See Garment, Crazy Rhythm, 43–44. Ibid., 225. 37. The best source on the Wounded Knee Legal Offense/Defense Committee 38. 39. is John William Sayer, Ghost Dancing the Law: The Wounded Knee Trials ...

Author: Sherry L. Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199939374

Category: History

Page: 280

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Through much of the 20th century, federal policy toward Indians sought to extinguish all remnants of native life and culture. That policy was dramatically confronted in the late 1960s when a loose coalition of hippies, civil rights advocates, Black Panthers, unions, Mexican-Americans, Quakers and other Christians, celebrities, and others joined with Red Power activists to fight for Indian rights. In Hippies, Indians and the Fight for Red Power, Sherry Smith offers the first full account of this remarkable story. Hippies were among the first non-Indians of the post-World War II generation to seek contact with Native Americans. The counterculture saw Indians as genuine holdouts against conformity, inherently spiritual, ecological, tribal, communal-the original "long hairs." Searching for authenticity while trying to achieve social and political justice for minorities, progressives of various stripes and colors were soon drawn to the Indian cause. Black Panthers took part in Pacific Northwest fish-ins. Corky Gonzales' Mexican American Crusade for Justice provided supplies and support for the Wounded Knee occupation. Actor Marlon Brando and comedian Dick Gregory spoke about the problems Native Americans faced. For their part, Indians understood they could not achieve political change without help. Non-Indians had to be educated and enlisted. Smith shows how Indians found, among this hodge-podge of dissatisfied Americans, willing recruits to their campaign for recognition of treaty rights; realization of tribal power, sovereignty, and self-determination; and protection of reservations as cultural homelands. The coalition was ephemeral but significant, leading to political reforms that strengthened Indian sovereignty. Thoroughly researched and vividly written, this book not only illuminates this transformative historical moment but contributes greatly to our understanding of social movements.
Categories: History

From Wounded Knee to Checkpoint Charlie

From Wounded Knee to Checkpoint Charlie

Ghost Dancing the Law: The Wounded Knee Trials. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997. Schechner, Richard. Performance Studies: An Introduction. New York, London: Routledge, 2002. Schroeder, Aribert. “ 'They Lived Together with ...

Author: György Ferenc Tóth

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438461212

Category: Social Science

Page: 325

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A historical analysis of the transatlantic relations of the American Indian radical sovereignty movement of the late Cold War. From Wounded Knee to Checkpoint Charlie examines the history of the transatlantic alliance between American Indian sovereignty activists and Central European solidarity groups, and their entry into the United Nations in the 1970s and 1980s. In the late Cold War, Native American activists engaged in transnational diplomacy for nation building by putting outside pressure on the US government for a more progressive Indian policy that reached for the full decolonization of Native American communities into independence. By using extensive multinational archival research complemented by interviews, György Ferenc Tóth investigates how older transatlantic images of American Indians influenced the alliance between Native activists and Central European groups, how this coalition developed and functioned, and how the US government and the regimes of the Eastern Bloc responded to this transatlantic alliance. This book not only places the American Indian radical sovereignty movement in an international context, but also recasts it as a transnational struggle, thus connecting domestic US social and political history to the history of Cold War transatlantic relations and global movements.
Categories: Social Science

Challenging Common Core Language Arts Lessons

Challenging Common Core Language Arts Lessons

From Fort Laramie to Wounded Knee: In the West That Was by Charles W. Allen □ Voices from Wounded Knee, ... 20, 1969-June 11, 1971 by “Indian Joe” Morris □ Ghost Dancing the Law: The Wounded Knee Trials by John William Sayer ...

Author: Clg Of William And Mary/Ctr Gift Ed

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000490923

Category: Education

Page: 164

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This book, from the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, provides gifted and advanced learners challenging activities to master and engage with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts through four mini units. Each mini unit is packed with activities that enrich and extend grade-level ELA content for grade 8. Included texts have messages and characters that are developmentally suitable for students. Through higher order reasoning questions, resulting discussions, and student-created products associated with these texts, gifted and advanced students' needs are met while still maintaining messages and characters to which students can relate. Students will be exposed to themes such as “life is what you make it,” “don't judge a book by its cover,” nature and vulnerability, and respect. Each theme was chosen with advanced eighth-grade students in mind and their emerging need to learn more about themselves, their world, and how to work through adversity to accomplish their goals. Grade 8
Categories: Education

Legends of American Indian Resistance

Legends of American Indian Resistance

Voices from Wounded Knee, 1973 (Rooseveltown, NY: Akwesasne Notes, 1974) 244. 10. John William Sayer, Ghost Dancing the Law: The Wounded Knee Trials (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997) 71. 11. Banks 215. 12. Sayer 228. 13.

Author: Edward J. Rielly

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313352102

Category: Social Science

Page: 341

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This book describes the plight of Native Americans from the 17th through the 20th century as they struggled to maintain their land, culture, and lives, and the major Indian leaders who resisted the inevitable result. • Describes important leaders from King Philip in the 17th century to Dennis Banks, Russell Means, and Mary Brave Bird in the 20th century • Presents a timeline citing significant events in history as they pertain to American Indian resistance • Includes various historical photographs and illustrations • Provides a bibliographic selection of recommended readings at the conclusion of each chapter as well as a more comprehensive bibliography at the end of the book • Contains 24 sidebars that provide additional historical context and information about each leader
Categories: Social Science

William M Kunstler

William M  Kunstler

14. three demands: John William Sayer, Ghost Dancing the Law: The Wounded Knee Trials (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997), pp. 32–33. Kunstler involvement: William M. Kunstler (with Sheila Isenberg), My Life as a Radical Lawyer ...

Author: David J. Langum

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814738009

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 452

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Alternately vilified as a publicity-seeking egoist and lauded as a rambunctious, fearless advocate, William Kunstler consistently embodied both of these qualities. Kunstler's unrelenting, radical critique of American racism and the legal system took shape as a result of his efforts to enlist the federal judicial system to support the civil rights movement. In the late 60s and the 70s, Kunstler, refocusing his attention on the Black Power and anti-war movement, garnered considerable public attention as defender of the Chicago Seven, and went on to represent such controversial figures as Leonard Peltier, the American Indian Movement leader charged with killing an FBI agent, and Jack Ruby, the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald. Later, Kunstler briefly represented Colin Ferguson, the Long Island Railroad mass murderer, outraging fans and detractors alike with his invocation of the infamous "black rage" defense. Defending those most loathed by mainstream, conventional America, William Kunstler delighted in taking on fiercely political cases, usually representing society's outcasts and pariahs free of charge and often achieving remarkable courtroom results in seemingly hopeless cases. Though Kunstler never gave up his revolutionary underpinnings, he gradually turned from defending clients whose political beliefs he personally supported to taking on apolitical clients, falling back on the broad rationale that his was a general struggle against an oppressive government. What ideological and tactical motives explain Kunstler's obsessive craving for media attention, his rhetorical flourishes in the courtroom and his instinctive and relentless drive for action? How did Kunstler migrate from a comfortable middle-class background to a life as a staunchly rebellious figure in social and legal history? David Langum's portrait gives depth to the already notorious breadth of William Kunstler's life.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Term Paper Resource Guide to American Indian History

Term Paper Resource Guide to American Indian History

Sayer, John W. Ghost Dancing the Law: the Wounded Knee Trials. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000. Examines in detail the Wounded Knee trials and demonstrates the impact that legal institutions and the media have on political ...

Author: Patrick Russell LeBeau

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313352713

Category: History

Page: 376

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Presents one hundred term paper topics regarding American Indian history, from their relationships with early explorers to American legal disputes and battles, and modern civil rights activities.
Categories: History

Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision

Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision

2 See, generally, in Eurocentric literature, J.W. Sayer, Ghost Dancing the Law: The Wounded Knee Trials (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997); D. Lynch, Wovoka and the Ghost Dance (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, ...

Author: Marie Battiste

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774842471

Category: Social Science

Page: 314

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The essays in Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision spring from an International Summer Institute held in 1996 on the cultural restoration of oppressed Indigenous peoples. The contributors, primarily Indigenous, unravel the processes of colonization that enfolded modern society and resulted in the oppression of Indigenous peoples.
Categories: Social Science