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In Conversation with Layli Long Soldier, San Francisco, CA

  • California Institute of Integral Studies 1453 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)

I'll be interviewing the poet, Layli Long Soldier on Nov 8 at CIIS. Find tickets here

Layli Long Soldier is a poet, a mother, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, and a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She wrote her latest collection of poetry as a response to the congressional resolution of "Apology to Native Peoples," which apologized to Native Americans for their mistreatment by the United States government signed by President Obama in 2010. The resolution is described by Layli as a silent gesture, tacked onto the Defense appropriations bill without any ceremonial acknowledgment or invitation to tribal leaders to witness its signing. Now, Standing Rock has become shorthand for this same painful history of ill-conceived policies and depredation.