” I want us, our people, to be seen. I want to be heard.” -Layli Long Soldier

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Native poet speaks the language of Standing Rock — and explains how a presidential apology falls short /Mary Jo Brooks/ PBS NewsHour/ December 6, 2016

This “poem is part of a collection that will be published next spring. It is called ‘WHEREAS’ and it is a direct reaction to a resolution that President Obama signed in 2010 apologizing to Native Americans for their mistreatment by the U.S. government. The problem for Long Soldier was the way the apology was issued.

“‘I was shocked when I heard about it. But the reason I hadn’t heard the news was because it was a silent gesture. President Obama signed it but there wasn’t an official ceremony that accompanied it. No tribal leaders were invited to witness the signing. He signed it and tacked it onto the Defense appropriations bill.’

“Long Soldier was so angry she immediately sat down and wrote a poem. ‘And it felt so good to do so that I realized one piece was not enough. I realized I’d have to write much more.’”

Resolution (6)

Layli Long Soldier

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–

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXTo speak to law enforcement

these Direct Action Principles

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxbe really clear always ask

have been painstakingly drafted

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxwho what when where why

at behest of the local leadership

Read rest of poem   (Note: the lay-out in this post doesn’t do the poem justice at all. See PBS Newshour for the real thing.)

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