Alumnus TV producer returns

Monday, November 12, 2012

David Larsen, Mdewakantonwan Dakota elder and educator

David Larsen, Mdewakantonwan Dakota elder and educator.

Kristian Berg, award-winning television producer and documentarian, is a 1982 graduate of St. Cloud State David Larsen, Mdewakantonwan Dakota elder and educator 

Television producer and documentarian Kristian Berg '82 will screen and discuss his film "Dakota Exile" 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Miller Center auditorium.

Berg, who holds a St. Cloud State bachelor's degree in mass communications, is a senior producer/director for Penn State Public Broadcasting at Penn State University in University Park, Penn.

Appearing with Berg will be Dakota elder and educator David Larsen, former chair of the Lower Sioux Indian Community near Morton, Minn. Larsen descends from a line of hereditary chiefs named Wapahasa, including Wabasha, a Mdewakantonwan Dakota chief who was exiled from Minnesota following the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Larsen was an advisor to and interview subject for "Dakota Exile." Among his comments: "The 1880s was essentially when the biggest number came back. We bought the land we’d never been paid for. Paid for the land that was our land that was taken away."

Sponsored by KVSC 88.1 FM, "Dakota Conflict and Exile 150 Years Reflected" is free and open to the public. Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

"Dakota Exile," which first aired on public television in 1996, is narrated by songwriter and guitarist Robbie Robertson. Berg wrote and produced "Dakota Exile" and its sister documentary, "Dakota Conflict" (1993) for Twin Cities Public Television.

He has written and produced national science and history programs for twenty years, including PBS series "History Detectives," "NOVA scienceNOW," "Newton's Apple," "ZOOM!" and "DragonflyTV."

His awards include a national Daytime Emmy nomination, an Ohio State Award, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Science Journalism Award, a New York Festivals bronze medal, a U.S. International Film & Video Festival Gold Camera Award, three regional Emmy Awards and an American Film and Video Festival blue ribbon.

“Dakota Conflict and Exile 150 Years Reflected” coincides with the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War, which resulted in the death or exile from Minnesota of most of the Dakota people.

Today more than 170,000 Dakota people live in U.S. communities and reservations, principally in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Montana. Others call Canada home, with most living in communities and reserves in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

KVSC Radio received a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Fund to support arts and cultural presentations in Central Minnesota, including “Dakota Conflict and Exile 150 Years Reflected.”

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