Diane Wilson

from The Seed Keepers, a novel excerpt

10 Questions Interview with the Massachusetts Review

Diane Wilson is a Dakota writer, speaker, and editor. She has multiple award-winning books, including the memoir Spirit Car: A Journey to a Dakota Past (Borealis Books), Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life (Borealis Books), and her new novel, The Seed Keepers (Milkweed Editions).  Wilson received a 2013 Bush Foundation Fellowship as well as awards from Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the East Central Regional Arts Council. In 2018, she was awarded a 50 Over 50 Award from Pollen/Midwest.

Wilson is also the Executive Director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a national coalition of tribes and organizations working to create sovereign food systems for Native people.

Wilson is a Mdewakanton descendant, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation.


Spirit Car: A Journey to a Dakota Past (Borealis Books)
Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life (Borealis Books)
The Seed Keepers (Milkweed Editions)

A Conversation with Diane Wilson from The Great Northern Festival


  1. A video from Diane Wilson’s website, “The Seeds Speak”
  2. The Dakota Commemorative March Song