US-Dakota War documentary set for tpt

ST. PAUL – On Thursday, Dec. 26, Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) will premiere “The Past Is Alive Within Us: The U.S.-Dakota Conflict.”

This two-hour documentary, a mix of historical information and contemporary stories, will introduce viewers to some of the key people and events of the 1862 War, and demonstrate how this critical period in our history continues to affect Minnesotans and the descendants of Dakota exiled from Minnesota.

Designed to build a better understanding of historical interpretation and encourage critical thinking, the program will look at the subject through the lens of public memory.

This documentary represents the result of nearly two years of diligent research and production by tpt, and distills several hundred hours of interviews into a two-hour program. The film includes 80 diverse voices from those who were impacted by the events of the War, as well as perspective from experts, community leaders, artists and historians.

The Brown County Historial Society Museum and local historians were among the resources for the program.

“The Past is Alive Within Us: The U.S.-Dakota Conflict” premieres on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. on tpt 2 (as well as on It repeats on tpt LIFE at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec 30 and on tpt MN at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1.

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