Reclaiming Mni Sota
An Alternate History of the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862
by Colin Mustful
Narrated by Scott Fleming
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Pub Date 02 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2023
History Through Fiction, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Audiobooks
What if Minnesota was Mni Sota Makoce, a Native held and governed land?
Narrated by Scott Fleming, Reclaiming Mni Sota offers a new, creative reimagining of the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. Delve into one of America's most tragic and regrettable events as you listen to dual narratives from both sides of the conflict. Through vivid descriptions and fully developed characters, this captivating audiobook confronts America's history of settler-colonialism while exploring the personal stories and heart-wrenching choices faced by men and women, white and Native alike.
Experience the truth of our past and its relevance to the present as Reclaiming Mni Sota challenges listeners to question the possibilities of a different outcome. Let Scott Fleming's compelling narration transport you into this eye-opening journey.
A Note From the Publisher
Other Contributors: Michael AmikoGaabaw Loso
“Reclaiming Mni Sota is a well-researched and impassioned tale of an unlikely friendship between two men: Waabi, an Ojibwe destined to reclaim his people’s land, and Samuel, a white farmer from the infant United States seeking a better life on the frontier. A painful, heart-wrenching, yet triumphant read, this is an alternate history in which Mustful paints the ending this country needed, and the Native population deserved.”
– Lindsey S. Fera, Historical Fiction Author
“With a historian’s eye for detail and a novelist’s empathy for individuals, this wonderful novel suggests an alternative ending to the 1862 war, one that inspires contemplation about what could have happened and what did.”
– Linda Ulleseit, author of The River Remembers
“What if the Ojibwa and Dakota conquered old rivalries to fight the U.S soldiers during the 1862 U.S-Dakota War? Many believe their combined forces would have pushed the whites out of Minnesota and changed history forever. Colin Mustful's Reclaiming Mni Sota is an imaginative and intriguing story of what might have happened if this alliance had been made. Reclaiming Mni Sota may give an alternative account of this tragic episode of Minnesota history, but it also leaves the reader pondering race relationships today. It kept me reading to the very last page.”
– Candace Simar, Author of the Spur-Award winning Abercrombie Trail Series
"Mustful brings one of the most tragic events in Minnesota's history to life in this carefully researched book."
– Stephen E. Yoch, author of Becoming George Washington
“As an author and educator, one of my favorite things to do is pose the question “What if?” In Colin Mustful’s novel Reclaiming Mni Sota, he poses this question about the Dakota War of 1862. The answer? A compelling re-imagining of history that is accessible to the reader while also creating empathetic characters from both perspectives of the war.
Beginning with two young men who are learning from their elders how to exist in the world they were born into, Mustful’s deft hand at exposition brings us closer and closer to the penultimate moment with a growing sense of dread. When the historical events diverge into an alternate timeline, I found myself reflecting on the real timeline and questioning the “inevitability” of Manifest Destiny when the choices of two characters had the power to shape Minnesota into something much different.”
– Jason Lee Willis, Author and Educator