Winona State University’s Inclusion and Diversity Office will screen the documentary “Star Dreamers Part I: The Indian System – Causes of the 1862 War in Minnesota” from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Student Activity Center of Kryzsko Commons.

Sheldon P. Wolfchild, Dakota activist and artist, and Mark Diedrich, historian, will be present for commentary and a question and answer session following the screening.

Wolfchild produced and directed “Star Dreamers,” which features the historical work of Diedrich, author of numerous books on American Indian history in Minnesota, and David Nichols, author of “Lincoln and the Indians.”

The film chronicles the events leading up to the Dakota War of 1862, and discusses how the United States’ “Indian System” brought the Dakota to such a low point that they thought it would be better to die in a war than starve to death.

This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the WSU Inclusion and Diversity Office, WSU Rochester, WSU College of Education, and Anoka Ramsey Community College.

For more information, contact Alex Hines at 507-457-5595 or email

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