• Event Time 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
  • Event Start Date 02/11/2021

Discussion Panel

Thursday, February 11, 2021
WE ARE STILL HERE AND THIS IS OUR STORY is an impactful exhibition focusing on the very real crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. This issue is devastating all communities across Montana and there is something we can all do to help. Join us for a live panel discussion and Q&A with legislators and advocates from around the country whose work tirelessly supports these efforts.
The event is free and open to the public, but pe-registration is required.

Tom Rodgers – President of the Global Indigenous Council

Mary Kathryn Nagle – Partner, Pipestem Law, LLC

Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and playwright. Her play Sliver of a Full Moon has been performed at law schools across the United States, and she has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Rose Theater, Portland Center Stage, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Yale Repertory Theatre, Round House Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2019, her play SOVEREIGNTY was produced at Marin Theatre Company, and the Yale Repertory Theatre produced MANAHATTA in 2020. She served as the first Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program from 2015 to 2019.

Nagle is also a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., where she works to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. She is actively engaged in the movement to end the crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. For more information about how to support Kaysera Stops Pretty Places’ family, who have had to undertake their own investigation of Kaysera’s murder because the federal and state police have failed to do so, please visit #JusticeForKaysera

She has authored numerous briefs in federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to violence against Native Women, the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal sovereignty, and federal Indian law.

Sharon Stewart Peregoy – Montana House of Representatives, Crow Agency

Ms. Stewart Peregoy, a Crow Tribal member, currently serves in the Montana State Legislature. She has served two terms as Senator for District 21 from 2008 to 2016, and was reelected to a third term in the Montana House of Representatives, District 42, (2016-2021). An enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Indians, and a fluent speaker of the Crow language, she resides on the Crow Indian Reservation. Ms. Peregoy served as Chair of State Tribal Relations Committee during the 2017-18 Interim. Also, Co-Chair for the American Indian Caucus of Montana Legislature for the 2019 & 2021 Legislative Session. Ms. Peregoy served on the Business and Labor Committee for twelve years, and was the Chairwoman for the Economic Affairs Interim Committee 2019-2020.

Ms. Peregoy is a faculty member for Education and Crow Studies at Little Big Horn College, in Crow Agency, Montana.  Ms. Peregoy has been involved in community empowerment, human resource and economic development activities for twenty years. She has been actively involved in research on Crow tribe’s history, culture and language, independently and as part of a National Endowment for Humanities grant for the Little Big Horn College Archives. She is currently Coordinating an American Indian College Fund project, Wisdom of the Children to cultivate the Home, family and community connection with the Crow Immersion classrooms on the Crow Reservation.

The Crow Reservation encompasses Big Horn County which is the size of Connecticut. Big Horn County is considered one of the poorest in Montana The key issues for both the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations is economic development, sustainable job development, adequate health care, drug abuse, adequate police force to ensure public safety to quash the murdered and missing indigenous people issues for the county.  Representative Stewart Peregoy has been actively involved with MMIW/MMIP issues the last sixteen years in her tenure as a legislator and community member.

Ellie Bundy – Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Council Member, Presiding Officer for the MT MIP Task Force

Ellie Bundy currently serves as a tribal council member & Secretary for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation. She was appointed to Montana’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force in June of 2019 and was appointed to serve as the Presiding Officer in December 2020. She also works with the local CSKT Missing & Murdered Indigenous Persons Work Group and is a key member of the team working to develop CSKT’s Tribal Community Response Plan to better address MMIP response efforts.

Most of her professional career was with Salish Kootenai College and the National Indian School Board Association (N.I.S.B.A.). She most recently served as the Development Director for the SKC Foundation. Other roles at SKC included Director of Scholarship Acquisition & Distribution, Director of Career Services, Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT), Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), and Title IX Investigations. She is alumni of SKC, having earned degrees in Office Professions, Information Technology, Business Administration/Entrepreneurship, Emergency Services, and Hazardous Materials/Environmental Remediation.

Prior to taking her council seat, she served as a Board Commissioner for the Salish Kootenai Housing Authority and a Utility Board Member for Mission Valley Power. She is an active member on the St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department and serves as their Secretary and as a Board Trustee.