Lydia Whirlwind Soldier is a Charter Member of the Oak Lake Writers’ Society. She is a Sicangu Lakota born in Bad Nation on the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota. She is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and has worked in education for thirty years. She has a Master’s in Education Administration from Pennsylvania State University, and is a poet, nonfiction writer, business owner, and recognized craftswoman.
In 1994, she received first place at the Northern Plains Tribal Arts exposition in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for a traditional cradleboard. Her collection of poems, Memory Songs, was published in 1999 by the Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.