The Unquiet Grave: The FBI and the Struggle for the Soul of Indian Country

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by Steve Hendricks

Thunder's Mouth Press

2006

SKU: 9781568583648

 

In 1976 the body of Anna Mae Aquash, an American Indian luminary, was found frozen in the Badlands of South Dakota. She died of exposure-or so the FBI said. After a suspicious autopsy and a rushed burial, friends had Aquash exhumed and found a .32-caliber bullet lodged in her skull.

Using this scandal as a point of departure, The Unquiet Grave throws new light on the FBI and its struggle against Indians in the 1970s. But it also discovers things the Indians would prefer to keep buried. What unfolds is a sinuous tale of conspiracy, murder, and cover-up.

Steve Hendricks sued the FBI over several years to pry out thousands of never-before-released documents about the Indian rights movement and the government's response to it. He won a grant for his interviewing and archival research from the Fund for Investigative Journalism. This was his first book.