EBCI chief to participate in post-play panel in Washington

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/11/2018 04:30 PM
CHEROKEE, N.C. – Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard Sneed will participate in a post-stage-show panel following the Arena Stage production of “Sovereignty,” a play by Cherokee Nation tribal citizen Mary Kathryn Nagle.

The production is part of the Power Plays initiative of the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Sneed will participate in a discussion on issues related to tribal sovereignty and the restoration of tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians as it affects the EBCI and contemporary tribal governments.

“It is an honor to work with the Arena Stage and Ms. Mary Kathryn Nagle to bring the Cherokee story to a wider audience through innovative storytelling and Ms. Nagle’s unique perspective. Our history is complex but vital. This production highlights the achievements of historical Cherokee leaders while also showcasing the talents of Mary Kathryn Nagle,” Sneed said.

Sneed leads the EBCI located in western North Carolina. The EBCI is made up of Cherokee people who avoided the forced removal of the CN from the southeastern United States. “Sovereignty” focuses on the shared history of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes that also include the CN and United Keetoowah Band, both based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Nagle’s new work, which debuts as the fourth production in Arena Stage’s Power Plays initiative, travels the intersections of personal and political truths, historic and present struggles. Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her nation’s jurisdiction, must confront the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. With shadows stretching from 1830s CN (now present-day Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and western North Carolina) and Andrew Jackson’s White House to the CN in present-day Oklahoma, “Sovereignty” asks how high the flames of anger can rise before they ultimately consume the truth.

“Sovereignty” runs through Feb. 18 at the Kreeger Theater of the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theatre. The post-show conversation with Sneed will be 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6. The Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. For more information visit www.arenastage.org.

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