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Mary Kathryn Nagle

Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She is an attorney whose work focuses on the restoration of tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. In January of 2018, her play Sovereignty—which tells the story of Cherokee Nation’s victory in Worcester v. Georgia—premiered at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. She serves as outside counsel for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and co-authored, along with Sarah Deer and Shoney Blake, the NIWRC’s amicus brief in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta. She represents numerous families of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, including Kaysera Stops Pretty Places’ family who have brought a public campaign demanding an investigation into her murder. More can be read here: