Miami Presents: Tribal Sovereignty 101 with Rebecca Nagle

Presented on: Wednesday, March 8th at 6:00 PM EST

View Upcoming Events View Past Event Recordings

Live typed captions are below or can be customized - access event captions here.


Join us for a special presentation co-sponsored by Miami's Individualized Studies (Western Program), Myaamia Center., and Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation.  This is a Western College Legacy Seminar. 

Award-winning podcaster and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Rebecca Nagle will discuss what a federally recognized tribe is, how US policy impacts the rights of tribes, and how the rights of tribes deeply impact the lived experiences of tribal citizens. 

About Rebecca Nagle
Rebecca Nagle is an award-winning advocate, writer, and citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Her writing about Native representation and tribal sovereignty has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, Teen Vogue, The Huffington Post, and more. In season one, as the host of the chart-topping podcast This Land,  Nagle told the story of one Supreme Court case about tribal land in Oklahoma, the small-town murder that started it, and the surprising connection to her own family history.  In This Land's second season, which debuted in August 2021, Nagle takes listeners through the 40-year history of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). During the episodes, Nagle shares her more than a year-long investigation into a current federal lawsuit, Brackeen v. Haaland, spurred by an adoption dispute in Dallas. The investigation included hundreds of interviews with caseworkers, lawyers, families, more than 60 FOIA requests, and a review of more than 10,000 court documents. What Nagle and her investigative team discovered is a well-funded, systemic, far-right operation that is using Native children to attack ICWA, threaten American Indian tribes and advance a conservative agenda.

In addition to her work towards Native American representation and the This Land podcast, Nagle lends her voice to fighting violence against women. She is the co-founder of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, which spoofed Victoria's Secret underwear to spread awareness of sexual assault, with underwear sporting messages like "NO MEANS NO." She also spearheaded The Monument Quilt, a collection of over 3,000 stories by survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and our allies, written, painted, and stitched onto red fabric. With her years of organizing and advocacy work, Nagle empowers her audiences to build community advocacy movements that are diverse and inclusive.

Recently, Nagle received The American Mosaic Journalism Prize, an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000 per recipient that is awarded to freelance journalists for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the American landscape. The prize is based on confidential nominations invited from leaders in journalism throughout the country.

In 2016, Nagle was named one of the National Center American Indian Enterprise Development’s "Native American 40 Under 40" for her work to support survivors and advocate for policy change to address the crisis of violence against Native women. She has also been named to the "100 Most Creative People" by Fast Company, YBCA's "100 List", and "Best Editorial" by the Native American Journalist Association.

Nagle is from Joplin, MO, and currently lives in Tahlequah, OK where she works for her tribe on language revitalization.

This event is open to the public to walk-up in person in Shideler Hall 152.  If you would prefer to watch a livestream, the presentation is available to all and free to watch online, but registration is required.  Please reach out to Ellie Witter at with questions.

The views expressed by presenters are their own and their appearance in a program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Miami University Alumni Association.