Minnesota Author Launching New Book

Ryan Juntti
Updated: September 27, 2019 12:19 PM

The Wisconsin Historical Society will be presenting the Commemoration of the Treaty of 1854 with a series of events at the Madeline Island Museum in LaPointe throughout the weekend.

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This year marks the 165th anniversary of the signing of the treaty, which established the first Ojibwe reservations, and stipulated the rights of the Ojibwe to hunt, gather and fish in the ceded territories. The treaty was signed at LaPointe on Madeline Island.

Colin Mustful, a Minnesota author and historian, will be launching his new book titled Resisting Removal: The Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 on Saturday at the commemoration event.

"I'm launching it this weekend because it coincides with the signing of the Treaty of LaPointe in 1854, which was an important event in the history of Wisconsin" said Mustful. "I wanted to launch it during a celebratory event, and I think the treaty represents the perseverance of the Ojibwe people rather than launching it on a date that represented a tragic event," he added.

His book examines the history of the Ojibwe people of Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin and how they came to be established on the reservations where they live today. 

"It's a fictional novel but it incorporates a lot of real history about the Sandy Lake Tragedy," said Mustful. "It's a piece of history a lot of people don't know about," he added.

Mustful will also be holding a book signing at The Bookstore at Fitger's from 4-7 pm on Friday.

The commemoration event in LaPointe kicks off on Saturday around 10 a.m.

In addition to Resisting Removal: The Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850, Mustful is also the author of Grace at Spirit Lake, Fate of the DakotaA Novel and Resource on the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 and Ceding Contempt: Minnesota’s Most Significant Historical Event.

More information about Mustful is available at


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