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The McGirt Decision and Native American Rights Today

September 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Photo of Supreme Court building with the text "The McGirt Decision and Native American Rights Today" hosted by Clinton House Museum with speakers Stacy Leeds and Rebecca Nagle

As a part of the Atkinson Speaker Series, the Clinton House Museum is hosting “The McGirt Decision and Native American Rights Today” on Tuesday, September 15, at 6:30. In what is widely considered an important victory in Native American rights, the U. S. Supreme Court issued a decision in July on McGirt v. Oklahoma, a landmark case that ruled that a large part of eastern Oklahoma remains Native American land, as Congress did not disestablish the tribal lands in the 1906 Oklahoma Enabling Act. Understanding how Supreme Court decisions such as this are relevant to all Americans can be difficult for many of us.

To help us understand McGirt, its history, and its relevance, we have invited Stacy Leeds and Rebecca Nagle to discuss the case as part of our Atkinson Speaker Series on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 6:30 pm. Leeds and Nagle are both citizens of the Cherokee Nation with ancestral and contemporary ties to Fayetteville. Both have extensive knowledge and experience regarding this case and the related Sharp v. Murphy case as well as years of advocacy work for Native American legal and civil rights. McGirt is directly related to Sharp v. Murphy, which came to the wider public’s attention through the podcast launched in 2019 called This Land, hosted by Nagle and produced by Crooked Media.

The event will be held virtually on the Zoom platform. The event is free but attendees are required to register. Donations are welcome!

Stacy Leeds is the Dean Emeritus and professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, and she was the first Native American woman to become a law school dean in the United States. In 2017 she became the inaugural Vice Chancellor for Development at the university. Outside of the law school, Leeds is a Justice on the Cherokee Nation’s Supreme Court and has been a justice for six other Native American nations as well. She has published more than twenty articles on Native American legal issues, including tribal courts and government and property issues. In 2016 she undertook the 1,000-mile Remember the Removal Ride, a bike ride from Georgia to Oklahoma that follows the original Nineteenth Century Trail of Tears path.

Rebecca Nagle is an award-winning advocate and writer focused on culture and policy change. She is currently an apprentice in the Cherokee Nation’s Cherokee Language Master Apprentice program. She has been widely published, and you can find her work in many places, including Teen Vogue, Washington Post, Bitch Media, HuffPost, IndianCountryToday.com, ThinkProgress, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, and Women’s Media Center. In 2013 Fast Company named her one of the 100 Most Creative People in the country, and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s named her to the 2016 class of 40 Under 40. Her work on the podcast This Land garnered her the American Mosaic Journalism Prize in February, 2020.


September 15
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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