Performances

Sliver of a Full Moon

A Play Reading and Discussion
Sliver of a Full Moon

Sliver of a Full Moon is a powerful reenactment of the historic congressional reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 2013: a movement that restored the authority of tribal governments to prosecute non-Native abusers who assault and abuse Native women on tribal lands. 

The event is free and open to the public.


Sliver of a Full Moon
Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), Playwright
Betsy Theobald Richards (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), Director

The staged reading first documents the legal and jurisdictional issues raised in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe that left Native women and children at a higher risk of domestic violence than any other group in the United States. It then follows the bipartisan legislative battle to reauthorize VAWA with a provision that would protect Native women and children from violence.

The cast features four courageous Native women who stepped forward to share publicly their stories of abuse by non-Indians and their efforts to counter staunch opponents to the tribal provisions.

The evening will begin with a blessing by Mary Anne Hendricks, sachem of the Natick Nipmuc Indians, and will feature a discussion moderated by Daniel Carpenter, director of the social sciences program at Radcliffe and the Allie S. Freed Professor of Government at Harvard University.

Joseph William Singer, the Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will introduce the panel, which will include

Maggie McKinley (Fond du Lac Chippewa), a Climenko Fellow and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School;

Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), a playwright; and

Angela Riley (Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma), the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

5:15 p.m.  Public reception

6 p.m.  Introductions and blessings

6:20 p.m.  Reading of the play

8 p.m. Break

8:15–9 p.m.  Panel discussion 

This event at the Radcliffe Institute is part of the Initiative on Native and Indigenous Peoples.

Cosponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University Native American Program, Harvard Native American Law Students Association, Harvard Divinity School, the Standing Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and the Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund, with support from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the Office of the President and Provost.