Layli Long Soldier


Layli Long Soldier earned a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA with honors from Bard College. She is the author of the chapbook Chromosomory (2010) and the full-length collection Whereas (2017), which won the National Books Critics Circle award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has been a contributing editor to Drunken Boat and poetry editor at Kore Press; in 2012, her participatory installation, Whereas We Respond, was featured on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In 2015, Long Soldier was awarded a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry. She was awarded a Whiting Writer’s Award in 2016. Long Soldier is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Source

Resolution (6)

I too urge the President to acknowledge the wrongs of the United States against Indian tribes in the history of the United States in order to bring healing to this land although healing this land is not dependent never has been upon this President meaning tribal nations and the people themselves are healing this land its waters with or without Presidential acknowledgement they act upon this right without apology–


To speak to law enforcement


these Direct Action Principles


be really clear always ask


have been painstakingly drafted


who what when where why


at behest of the local leadership


e.g. Officer, my name is _________


from Standing Rock


please explain


and are the guidelines


the probable cause for stopping me


for the Oceti Sakowin camp


you may ask


I acknowledge a plurality of ways


does that seem reasonable to you


to resist oppression



don’t give any further info



People ask why do you bring up


we are Protectors


so many other issues it’s because


we are peaceful and prayerful


these issues have been ongoing


‘isms’ have no place


for 200 years they’re inter-dependent


here we all stand together


we teach the distinction


we are non-violent


btwn civil rights and civil liberties


we are proud to stand


btwn what’s legal & what isn’t legal


no masks


the camp is 100% volunteer


respect local


it’s a choice to be a protector


no weapons


liberty is freedom


or what could be construed as weapons


of speech it’s a right


property damage does not get us closer


to privacy a fair trial


to our goal


you’re free


all campers must get an orientation


from unreasonable search


Direct Action Training


free from seizure of person or home


is required


& civil disobedience: the camp is


for everyone taking action


an act of civil disobedience


no children


now the law protects the corporation


in potentially dangerous situations


so the camp is illegal


we keep each accountable


you must have a buddy system


to these principles


someone must know when you’re leaving


this is a ceremony


& when you’re coming back


act accordingly





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:






Racial Injustice

Literary Devices:


a break between words within a metrical foot


a short quotation or saying at the beginning of a book or chapter, intended to suggest its theme