Reexamining Dick Wilson: Oglala Politics, Nation Building and Local Conflict, 1972-1976

Reexamining Dick Wilson: Oglala Politics, Nation Building and Local Conflict, 1972-1976

An exploration of the complicated legacy of Dick Wilson, who served as chair of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in the 1970s. While Wilson is most remembered for his controversial leadership during the Wounded Knee occupation of 1973, Truden emphasizes the chairman’s efforts to improve conditions on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Wilson promoted education, worked to improve infrastructure and used federal funds with the goal of creating an independent Oglala nation. Truden is a doctoral student in history at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

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