iDream.tv produced this program for Minneapolis Public Schools. Diane Wilson speaks with students at South High School about her book, "Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past", her views, and her experience.

Read the book. Join the conversation. One Minneapolis One Read is Minneapolis’ community read where everyone in town is invited to read the same book. The book is "Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past" by Minnesotan Diane Wilson. Wilson grew up in a Minneapolis suburb and then followed questions about her family's past to South Dakota and Nebraska, where she tracked down information about her maternal relatives through five generations. The result of Wilson's quest for discovery is "Spirit Car," a book of vignettes she created in her desire to honor the lives of her Dakota Indian family. The story of Wilson’s family begins with a vivid account of the 1862 Dakota War in Minnesota and then follows her family members' nomadic travels across South Dakota and Nebraska in their struggle to survive.

The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Schools are promoting literacy and respectful public dialogue in the One Minneapolis One Read initiative. Minneapolis residents can play a positive role in their communities and explore important – sometimes difficult – issues that they face as a community by reading Spirit Car and getting involved.

iDream.tv production team: Paul Auguston, Edie French, Luis Iglesias, Ryan Melling

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