Dec. 12, 2012, 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6 PM. Performance lasts 90 minutes.
Newseum – Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001
In 1879, a Ponca Indian chief stood up in federal court and demanded that he be afforded the same rights as whites under the law.
Join us for a remarkable performance that tells the story of the forced removal of the Ponca Tribe to present-day Oklahoma and Chief Standing Bear’s subsequent journey for justice. Waaxe’s Law, written by Cherokee playwright and attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle, recounts the dramatic events that led to the first federal court decision declaring Indians to be “persons” under the law.
Featuring a cast of 13 performers, the dramatic reading of Waaxe’s Law also celebrates the role an Omaha journalist played in bringing Chief Standing Bear’s story to light. In a contemporary world where many important stories remain silenced, Waaxe’s Law reveals the importance of a free press in the promotion of equality for all people.
Light fare will be available for purchase. Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP info TO COME
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