Rebecca Nagle is an award-winning advocate and writer focused on advancing the rights of Native American nations and ending sexual violence. Nagle is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and a two spirit/ queer woman. In 2016, Nagle was named one of the National Center American Indian Enterprise Development’s Native American 40 Under 40 for her work to address violence against Native Women.
As the co-founder and co-Director of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and The Monument Quilt, Nagle organized national art and advocacy projects to create a culture of support for survivors. Nagle was also the co-creator behind the 2017 viral #GoRedhawks culture jam, which reignited a national conversation about racist mascots.
You can find her views on Native representation and tribal sovereignty in The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, ThinkProgress, The Baltimore Sun, Indian Country Today and more. Additionally her organizing and advocacy work has received national press including MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR and more.
Talks & Workshops
Everything You Think You Know About Native Americans is Wrong (and Why That’s Not Your Fault)
Drawing from research about public misperceptions of Native Americans, Everything You Think You Know About Native Americans is Wrong will lead participants through confronting their own personal ignorance and the institutional bias that may exist within their organizing spaces and institutions. The workshop will teach participants how to treat Native people as the authority on Native issues and guide participants on where to find contemporary, authentic Native voices to educate themselves.
Tribal Sovereignty 101
This workshop will include historical information about treaties, a break down on the current legal framework of federal indian law and a cultural perspective of what sovereignty means to Native people. Participants will leave understand what a federally recognized tribe is, how US policy impacts the rights of tribes, and how the rights of tribes deeply impacts the lived experiences of tribal citizens.
Two Spirit 101
Unfortunately, as Two Spirit has gained recognition it is also been increasingly appropriated by non-Native people, and much of its original meaning has been lost. This workshop will cover the modern history of Two Spirit people, break down some of the myths and misconceptions about the term, and teach why it's inappropriate for non-Native people to use it.
Messaging for Our Movements
This workshop will lead people through creating a messaging campaign focused on determining your target audience, creating a clear objective, writing a main message, and choosing delivery tactics. The workshop will provide examples of effective campaigns with reasons why they worked. Participants will have time to brainstorm their own ideas and receive feedback.
How to Include Native Issues in Feminist Organizing
This workshop will use statistics and research to talk about the issues facing Native women including sexual and domestic violence, reproductive rights, criminal justice, and economic opportunities. Participants will also look at the historical role of Native women in our communities, how those roles have been impacted by colonialism, and what Native women are doing today to reassert our voices within tribal communities and the United States.
- Workshop: San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
- Presenter: Creating Change Conference, National LGBTQ Task Force
- Workshop Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
- Workshop San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
- Workshop Colorado River Indian Tribes
- Presenter Women of the World Conference
- Artist Talk Maryland Institute College of Art Graduate Program
- Presenter Towson University
- Webinar California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Workshop Ohio State University
- Webinar National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
- Webinar Native Alliance Against Violence
- Presenter North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Presenter Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault
- Workshop Oberlin College
- Workshop University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
- Presenter National Sexual Assault Conference
- Workshop South Puget Sound Community College
- Artist Talk University of Maryland-Baltimore County
- Artist Talk George Washington University
- Workshop Sexual Health Week, MICA