Are you missing live theatre during the pandemic? On November 20. we hosted a special live performance of Sliver of a Full Moon, a portrayal of resistance and celebration. It is the story of a movement that restored the authority of Indian tribes over non-Indian abusers to protect women on tribal lands. Although thousands contributed to this victory, Sliver of a Full Moon follows the story of five Native women who took a stand and two Native men, including Congressman Tom Cole, who stood with them to win this victory. Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle has updated the play to continue to reflect current reality. Following the performance, there will be a panel discussion among survivors, legal practitioners, and the playwright that will stimulate a dialogue regarding how the current legal framework, where Native nations have been stripped of their inherent jurisdiction, leaves Native women unprotected and disenfranchised. As a result of these legal inequalities, Native women suffer rates of domestic violence and sexual assault higher than any other class of American citizens. This unique event combines law and art, and brings together practitioners, participants, artists, and survivors to discuss and envision how the law can be used to remedy this, and other injustices in tribal communities.
We are grateful for the generosity of Loren Kieve, Jerry Gardner, Thomasina Real Bird, Robert Saunooke, Mary L. Smith, Geoffrey Strommer, and the Native American Rights Fund that allows us to offer the gift of live theatre once again!