Safety for Our Sisters: Ending Violence Against Native Women – 3 Mary Kathryn Nagle
Marking Women’s History Month, this symposium draws attention to the pervasive issue of violence against Native women, who suffer disproportionately high levels of rape, domestic violence, and attacks. In this segment, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Pipestem Law, P.C., speaks on "Sovereignty: Of Our Nations, in the Law, and Over Our Bodies." Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) is a playwright and a partner at Pipestem Law, a firm specializing in federal Indian law and appellate litigation. She studied theater at Georgetown University, and went on to study law at Tulane Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude. Nagle has drafted and filed numerous briefs in the United States Supreme Court articulating the connection between preserving tribal sovereignty and ensuring safety for Native women and children. As a playwright, she has written about issues such as tribal sovereignty, the environment, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Two of Nagle’s plays have recently had world premieres at major American regional theaters: Sovereignty at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and Manahatta at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The symposium was webcast and recorded in the Rasumuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on March 21, 2019.