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Surviving Wounded Knee: The Lakotas and the Politics of Memory
Phenomenally researched and documented, Grua explores the aftermath of Wounded Knee and ably documents Lakota efforts to receive reparations for its survivors of that bloody affair. Like most modern day historians, Grua presents the case of the Lakota people suffering from the yoke of European-American oppression and conquest. However, rather than dismissing U.S. Army accounts out of hand, he provides ample primary source material from the government and Anglo-American sources, making a far more informed, if not compelling, argument for accepting the Lakota version of Wounded Knee as a massacre, vice a battle. That being said, I fundamentally disagree with Grua's position. Based on my own research, I remain unconvinced that the Army's version was contrived in order to cover up a dastardly slaughter of innocence, and, thus, protect reputations and careers. The presentation of my own position will continue to unfold on ArmyAtWoundedKnee.com.
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