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Judge Crazy Walking—Pic of the Week

Crazy Walking, half-length portrait, facing front, wearing feathered headdress and holding peace pipe, by Frank Bennett Fiske, c. 1931, from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC), //www.loc.gov/pictures/resource

In preparing the Law Library’s various products, there’s often an element of creativity.  Recently, my colleague Carla and I have been brainstorming some visual ideas for the Indigenous Law Portal.

As I was looking for images, I chanced upon this image of Judge Crazy Walking. I, like many folks, often wonder who someone in a picture might be. In this case, at least we had a bit of information to start our search.  A cursory search on this figure yielded this passage about Judge Crazy Walking, a Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux tribesman), of Standing Rock Indian Reservation:

Crazy Walking was appointed to the position of Judge of the Indian Court of Offenses following the death of Gall and John Grass, who had previously served.  Prior to this, Crazy Walking was a Captain of the Indian police at Standing Rock. (p. 95)


Sprague, Donovin Arleigh.  Images of America:  Standing Rock Sioux.  Charleston:  Arcadia, 2004, p. 95.

 

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