Ned Blackhawk: Native American students ‘tell our own stories’ through new performance program

December 4, 2015

Yale Group for the Study of Native America (YGSNA) has launched a three-year pilot program to support indigenous performing arts at the university. The Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP), which officially began in September, is headed by Mary Kathryn Nagle, a nationally renowned playwright, member of the Cherokee Nation, and partner at Pipestem Law Firm, P.C.

In addition to supporting performing arts, Yale professor Ned Blackhawk and playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle continue legal and scholarly efforts to prevent the erosion of American Indian tribal jurisdiction. Most recently, an op-ed by Blackhawk appeared in the New York Times about an action brought by the Dollar General Corporation against the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; the case comes before the Supreme Court on Dec. 7.  Nagle wrote about the issue on the blog, The Opportunity Agenda. They both also collaborated in the preparation of amicus briefs in support of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

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