Crossing Mnisose tells the story of one of America's first feminists, Sacajawea. Her face sits on the dollar coin, but few know her story, or the violence she endured as she guided the U.S. Corps of Discovery up the Mnisose (or what Europeans named the "Missouri River"). In 2017, the contemporary successor to the Corps of Discovery, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, granted an easement to allow a pipeline to cross the very same river. Although 212 years separate these controversial crossings, both reveal the continued survival of Tribal Nations in the face of colonial conquest. Crossing Mnisose draws a line from a completely original view of Lewis and Clark's historic encampment at Fort Mandan to the present day, as descendants of the Dakota and Lakota Nations continue their fight to ensure that the Mnisose, and the lands that contain the burials of their ancestors, are preserved for future generations.
Mary Kathryn Nagle has successfully pursued two careers, both as a lawyer and a nationally recognized playwright. She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and an honorary member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. She studied theater at Georgetown University and law at Tulane Law School. Since 2015 she has been a partner at Pipestem Law in Tulsa, a firm specializing in tribal sovereignty of Native nations and peoples. Ms. Nagle has published articles in five law journals, and her plays have appeared in major regional theatres across the country, most recently the Arena Stage in Washington, DC (Sovereignty). Manahatta, which was named a top-three Finalist for the 2014 William Saroyan Prize, runs this May in NYC at the Public Theatre, where she is an alum of the Emerging Writers Group. Crossing Mnisose will receive its world premiere at the prestigious Portland Center Stage in 2019.
Join MONAH for a workshop on the spiritual significance of Lakota Bows and Arrow, led by Joseph Marshall III. No Cost. Ticketed Event.
Join us of the first in our new series of hands-on art-making workshops! Learn about Cherokee culture while creating your own traditional double-walled basket to take home. All supplies will be provided.
Led by Matthew Anderson of the Cherokee Arts Center, this casual evening will include hors d'oeuvres, step-by-step instructions at your own pace, and opportunities to dive into Cherokee history and culture.
Space will go quickly; Register today!
MONAH is honored to begin its 2018 Native Conversations series in partnership with the House of Songs as we welcome Torres to both the stage and the podium. A dynamic and multi-talented speaker and blues harmonica player, Torres will punctuate his talk on the significance of water and Native resource management with performance, backed by local band Lost John.