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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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This post is coauthored by Nathan Dorn, rare book curator, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist. Our latest video comes to you from the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room of the Library of Congress. To help us commemorate the Appomattox Campaign that took place 152 years ago and concluded on April 9, 1865 with Robert E. Lee’s […]

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James Madison Birthday Commemoration—Pics of the Week

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, the Law Library of Congress and the Library Manuscript Division commemorated James Madison’s 266th birthday. The event was held in the James Madison Memorial Building, which is the United States’ official memorial to the fourth president. The Law Librarian of Congress, Jane Sánchez, spoke about James Madison’s contributions to the […]

Statue of Liberty – Pics of the Week

My colleague Andrew recently showed me photographs of his trip to New York City earlier this year. The trip included a visit to the Statue of Liberty.  Looking at these photographs, I was reminded of the public celebrations for the Statue’s centenary in 1986.  Back then, I was living in New York City, had participated in […]

The First Mention of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice in English – Pic of the Week

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Your Place for Supreme Court Records & Briefs – Pic of the Week

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Bookends — Pic of the Week

I work in a building on an opposite corner from the United States Capitol Building. The Capitol Building is truly a beautiful and monumental structure; a place where many of the civic events of our national government, such as the recent inauguration are held. It so happens that I have two pieces of the Capitol […]

Advocate’s Close, Edinburgh – Pic of the Week

During a recent vacation in Scotland I took several treks along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town. On one such walk, in the darkness of the late afternoon, I snapped a picture of Advocate’s Close and the plaque that provides brief information about it. All along the Royal Mile there are narrow alleyways called “closes,” […]