Hello. My name is Colin Mustful and I am a Minnesota author and historian who focuses largely on the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. While attending graduate school in Mankato, I came across the statue of a buffalo that commemorates the hanging of thirty-eight Dakota Indians in Mankato on December 26, 1862, the largest mass execution in United States history. I was shocked to find out that such a tragic event happened right where I lived and even more shocked that I had never learned about it in school. This sparked my curiosity on the subject and led to me to do my own researching and writing on the topic. I have since completed three cross-genre novels and one textbook regarding the people, places, and events of the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862. It is my goal to introduce and educate people about this complex, tragic, and often misunderstood part of Minnesota history. Hopefully, this will lead to discussion, understanding and reconciliation.