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Diane Wilson

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Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson carefully researched history and blended it with fiction when writing the memoir Spirit Car, a Minnesot Book Award winner. The book traces her family's Native American heritage back five generations. It was inspired by the story of her mother being abandoned at a mission boarding school for two years. Recreating stories based on real events, and using facts from the era of the 1862 Dakota War in Minnesota, Ms. Wilson brings history to life.

NOTE: For purposes of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, Diane Wilson is not a registered tribal member.

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Spirit Car

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Diane Wilson

Spirit Car is a moving account of Diane Wilson's journey to find her Dakota heritage. It captures the experiences of her many mixed blood Native American ancestors from the Lower Sioux Reservation on the Minnesota River, beginning before, during and after the Dakota War of 1962.

Beloved Child

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Diane Wilson

“Far greater even than the loss of land, or the relentless coercion to surrender cultural traditions, the deaths of over six hundred children by the spring of 1864 were an unbearable tragedy. Nearly one hundred and fifty years after the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862, Dakota people are still struggling with the effects of this unimaginable loss.”