Local author to discuss U.S.-Dakota War from unique perspective


BROOKINGS – The Brookings Public Library will host a Zoom presentation by local author Phyllis Cole Dai, titled “The U.S.-Dakota War Through Sarah Wakefield’s Eyes,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4. 

The link and login information for this event can be found on the Library’s website or Facebook page

Consider the 1862 Dakota Uprising in Minnesota from the perspective of Sarah Wakefield. The wife of a government physician on the Dakota reservation, Wakefield and her two young children were captured on the first morning of the outbreak. Her relationship with Caské, her Dakota captor, became a source of great controversy and, ultimately, tragedy. Cole-Dai will tell a few captivating stories behind her writing of “Beneath the Same Stars,” her novel that dives into this story. Along the way, she’ll explore a largely forgotten history that still haunts this region of the country. 

Cole-Dai began writing on an old manual typewriter in childhood and never stopped. She uses the arts to heal what divides our spirits and communities, nurturing radical attention and belonging. She has edited or authored 11 books in multiple genres, including historical fiction, spiritual nonfiction, and poetry. 

Born in a farming community in Ohio, she now resides in a cozy 130-year-old house in Brookings with her husband, college-bound son, and two cats. Learn more at phylliscoledai.com. 

For additional information about the programs and services of the Brookings Public Library, visit www.brookingslibrary.org and follow the library on Facebook @bkglib. 

The mission of Brookings Public Library is to provide materials and information contributing to the education, recreation, and quality of life for the Brookings community.

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