Colin Mustful is the author of four historical novels that confront and convey the tumultuous transitional period of land settlement and Native displacement in the Midwest. In particular, Mustful’s work considers the events and context of the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862 and the Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850. Using a unique cross-genre that utilizes elements of fiction and nonfiction Mustful provides readers with compelling stories that also act as educational resources. Through a variety of sources, Mustful objectively conveys these important and misunderstood parts of American history while showing multiple perspectives and providing necessary historical context. The result is an educational narrative that includes fictional drama and a thought-provoking story.