A Poem to and for the 38 Dakota Men Who Were Hanged

Layli Long Soldier

is the recipient of the 2015 Lannan Fellowship for Poetry, a 2015 National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and a 2016 Whiting Writers’ Award for her first book of poetry, WHEREAS. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

March 31st, 2017

Layli Long Soldier reads her poem “38,” written to and for the 38 Dakota men who were hung under the orders of President Abraham Lincoln as a result of the Sioux uprising, which came at a time when their land was reduced and their people were starving.

March 31st, 2016

Listen to the Oglala Lakota poet Layli Long Soldier read an excerpt from her poem, “WHEREAS Statements.”