No bullets No sticks No stones, Only Words to Hurt me We

Manifest Reality

Seventeen poems or prose pieces were created for this exhibit by seventeen emerging and established Oceti Sakowin writers from across the continent. Click on a title to read the poem and, coming soon, to listen to the author perform the piece.


Poem Title

Article of Treaty


Article I

Article II

Article III

Article IV

Article V

Article VI

Article VII

Article VIII

Article IX

Article X

Article XI

Article XII

Article XIII

Article XIV

Article XV

Article XVI

Article XVII

Patrick LeBeau

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Ann-erika White Bird

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Mabel Picotte

Yankton Sioux Tribe

Lanniko Lee

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Karen Pratt

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Ronya Galligo-Hoblit

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Mary Black Bonnet

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Douglas Two Bulls

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Lucy Keith

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Gwen Nell Westerman

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Nick Estes

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Lydia Whirlwind Soldier

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Deanna Stands

Yankton Sioux Tribe

Cheryl Kendall

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Joel Waters

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Taté Walker

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Tracy Hauff

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Manual of Feudal Artifice

Questions for the Agent Who is to Live Among Us

Choose Tract of Land, Claim Rights as a Citizen, Other Lies, and Truth

Not Less than Twenty Years

Article 8 Voiced (Ft Laramie Treaty)

Article IX

Wikcemna Sam Wikcemna

Pte Oyate

The Black Hills are not for Sale

Invaded, Decided, Waited, Signed, Still Legal, Still Existing


A response to the broken treaty

Critical Remembrance

Touch the Pen