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Lydia Whirlwind Soldier

Lydia Whirlwind Soldier, born on the Rosebud Reservation, is a founding member of the Oak Lake Tribal Writers Society. A graduate of Sinte Gleska University and Pennsylvania State University, she is best known for her poetry, but is also a non-fiction writer, teacher, business owner, and Native craftswoman. Whirlwind Soldier received the 2015 South Dakota Living Indian Treasure Award in recognition of her preservation of traditional art forms.

Featured Book: Survival Songs


  • Friday, Sept. 23 @ 1:30 p.m. – Reflections on the Rerelease of This Stretch of the River – Oscar Larson PAC, Founders Recital Hall, Brookings
  • Friday, Sept. 23 @ 3:30 p.m.Author Signing Event– Oscar Larson PAC, Room 140
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 @ 2:00 p.m. – Survival Songs: A Poetry Reading – Oscar Larson PAC, Classroom 109, Brookings
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 @ 4:00 p.m.Author Signing Event– Oscar Larson PAC, Room 140

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