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Episode 5: Energy to Police Perpetrators

Mary Kathryn Nagle is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, an legal professional, a playwright ― and an advocate working to extend protections for Native girls within the U.S. justice system. 

Not lengthy after the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, was reauthorized in 2013, she sat with fellow activist Lisa Brunner to speak a couple of new play Nagle was engaged on in response to the ruling. 

Brunner stated she instructed the playwright that VAWA is only a “sliver of a full moon” of the safety Native girls want.

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The metaphor resonated with Nagle, and “Sliver of a Full Moon” would grow to be the title of her play. It shares the tales of Native survivors of home abuse, and exposes the gaps within the justice system that always let non-Native perpetrators commit crimes with out consequence. Critics say that over a long time these gaps turned a chance for abusers to flourish on Homeland.

“Simply think about your individual group,” stated legal professional Alfred Urbina, “the place sure individuals weren’t prosecuted or arrested for crimes. In case you lived in an space the place sure individuals didn’t should abide by the legislation, what does that do to a group?”

Urbina is the legal professional basic for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in southwestern Arizona, one of many first tribes to start prosecuting non-Native offenders underneath the VAWA 2013 guidelines. 

Amongst Native survivors of violence, greater than 90% reported they’d skilled violence from a perpetrator who was non-Native, based on a survey funded by the U.S. Division of Justice. 

The Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized on March 10, 2022, reaffirming tribes’ authority to prosecute non-Native perpetrators of sexual violence and sure different crimes. It expands prosecution energy for tribal nations in Maine and Alaska and presents funding to assist legislation enforcement implementation of VAWA. 

“It’s not the totality of every part that we want. Proper?” stated Brunner. “However, you already know, the complete moon is shiny. And we’re simply beginning with the moon. I’m after the universe.”

Voices from the episode:

Lisa Brunner, founding member of the Violence Against Women Process Drive, adjunct professor on the White Earth Tribal & Neighborhood Faculty — LinkedIn
Mary Kathryn Nagle, playwright, accomplice at Pipestem Legislation, specializing in tribal sovereignty of Native nations and peoples, government director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program — Twitter, Instagram
Alfred Urbina, legal professional basic for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Arizona — Twitter

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