“Keep in mind, I am not a historian,” Layli Long Soldier says in “38”, a poem about the 1862 Sioux Uprising. In the same week that President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, he personally ordered the hanging of 38 Dakota men in what was then the Minnesota territory. Long Soldier’s poems often address specific historic incidents, terrible bits of American history that we aren’t taught in school, but she also unspools the language we use to talk about those incidents. Her forthcoming collection Whereas, for instance, deconstructs the language of government in order to address 2009’s half-hearded Congressional Resolution of Apology to Native Americans. Long Soldier teaches at Diné College, the only tribal run college in the United States, and will read with fellow Diné faculty member Orlando White.