VAWA play to premier at NCAI Convention

by Sep 27, 2013Happenings0 comments

Production to feature EBCI tribal member Billie Jo Rich

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) will sponsor the Oklahoma premier of Sliver of a Full Moon – a new play by Mary Kathryn Nagle which documents the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) – during the NCAI Annual Convention in Tulsa, Okla. on Monday, Oct. 14 at 7:30pm.  The play will be performed in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

“Sliver of a Full Moon is a portrayal of resistance and celebration,” said NIWRC officials.  “It is the story of a movement that restored the authority of Indian tribes over non-Indian abusers to protect women on tribal lands.  Although thousands contributed to this victory, Sliver of a Full Moon follows the story of five Native women who took a stand and two Native men, including Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.), that stood with them to win this victory.”

The cast includes the Native women who stepped forward to publicly share their stories of abuse by non-Indians and counter staunch opponents to the tribal provisions including Billie Jo Rich (Eastern Band Cherokee), Diane Millich (Southern Ute) and Lisa Brunner (White Earth Ojibwe).

To read more about VAWA and Sliver of a Full Moon, visit  To purchase tickets for the play, visit