Rebecca Nagle

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Rebecca Nagle
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Nagle on The Laura Flanders Show in 2014

Rebecca Nagle is an American activist, writer and public speaker.[1][2] She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.[3][4] Nagle is one of the founders of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture,[5][6] an organization led by artists and activists who attempt to promote a culture of consent.[7] Nagle was also a coordinator of the event "PINK Loves CONSENT."[8][9][10]


In 2012, Rebecca Nagle and Hannah Brancato created a website called "Pink Loves Consent" which coincided with the Victoria's Secret fashion show. The website is meant to look like the Victoria's Secret website and features underwear with anti-rape slogans like "Consent is Sexy", "No Means No", and "Ask First". Nothing on the website was for sale, instead the website provided information about rape education.[11] [12][13] On December 4, 2012, lawyers from Victoria's Secret forced the website to be taken down. They claimed that the website caused confusion among their customers.[14]

As a part of Nagle's project to create a national monument for sexual assault survivors, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture released a giant floating poem in the Reflecting Pool in front of the Washington National Monument.[15] The floating poem read: "I Can't Forget What Happened But No One Else Remembers."[16] With Force co-founder Hannah Brancato, Nagle created The Monument Quilt to establish “a public healing space by and for survivors of rape and abuse”. Over 1700 sexual assault survivors have contributed segments to this quilt.[17][18]

In 2019, Nagle hosted the podcast This Land produced by Crooked Media, which was nominated for Peabody Award in 2021. The podcast focused on the case of Carpenter v. Murphy, a pending Supreme Court case to determine the land rights of various indigenous groups in Oklahoma.[19]

Nagle has been critical of Massachusetts Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren's claims of Cherokee ancestry, emphasizing that "[t]ribal affiliation and kinship determine Cherokee identity — not race or biology."[20][21][22] She has spoken out about the issue in numerous print, television, and online media outlets.[23][24][25][26][27]


In 2012 and 2013, Nagle was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People.[28][29] Nagle was also named one of the National Center of American Indian Enterprise Development's 2016 Native American 40 Under 40.[30] Nagle was named the 2016 Sondheim Art Prize recipient, and she was listed on the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 2015 100 List for innovators and thought leaders.[31] Nagle won the 2020 American Mosaic Journalism Prize for work on the podcast This Land and the Washington Post article “Half the land in Oklahoma could be returned to Native Americans. It should be.”.[32][33][34]

Personal life[edit]

Nagle lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.[1] Nagle identifies as a two spirit woman and is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.[35][36] She is a survivor of child sexual abuse.[37][38] Nagle is directly descended from 19th century Cherokee leaders Major Ridge and John Ridge,[39] who signed the Treaty of New Echota, which caused the Trail of Tears for the Cherokee people.[40] She uses this ancestry to highlight points in parts of her This Land podcast.


  1. ^ a b "Rebecca Nagle - SheSource Expert - Women's Media Center". Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  2. ^ "Rebecca Nagle | Speakers Bureau - Everyday Feminism". Everyday Feminism. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  4. ^ "Cherokee Woman Blasts Elizabeth Warren: 'We've Asked Her to Stop' Claiming Our Ancestry". Fox News Insider. 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  5. ^ Chemaly, Soraya (2013-02-15). "'I Can't Forget What Happens, But No One Else Remembers'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  6. ^ "Home". FORCE. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  7. ^ Heing, Bridey (2017-12-15). Critical Perspectives on Sexual Harassment and Gender Violence. Enslow Publishing, LLC. ISBN 9780766091603.
  8. ^ Mirk, Sarah (2013-02-13). "The Feminist Facebook Army: How FORCE Spoofed Victoria's Secret With Social Media (And Didn't Get Sued)". Bitch Media. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  9. ^ Cheung, Erica (2012-12-10). "Why Pink Loves Consent Is Important". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  10. ^ "The Anti-Rape Panties of 'Victoria's Secret'". The Cut. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  11. ^ Sidell, Misty White (2012-12-11). "Pink Loves Consent: An Anti-Rape Victoria's Secret Spoof That's Gone Viral". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  12. ^ "The Anti-Rape Panties of 'Victoria's Secret'". The Cut. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  13. ^ "Why Pink Loves Consent Is Important". HuffPost. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  14. ^ "PHOTOS: Victoria's Secret's Latest Line?". HuffPost. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  15. ^ Paper, Baltimore City. "Force Founders Hannah Brancato(left) and Rebecca Nagle (right)". Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  16. ^ "We Need a National Monument to Survivors of Sexual Violence". Bitch Media. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  17. ^ Chemaly, Soraya (2013-02-15). "'I Can't Forget What Happens, But No One Else Remembers'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  18. ^ "Rebecca Nagle | National Indigenous Women's Resource Center". Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  19. ^ ""This Land" Focuses On Tribal Land Rights". 23 May 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  20. ^ Nagle, Rebecca (2019-08-23). "Elizabeth Warren Has Spent Her Adult Life Repeating A Lie. I Want Her To Tell The Truth". HuffPost. Retrieved 2020-07-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ Nagle, Rebecca (2017-11-30). "Op-Ed: I am a Cherokee woman. Elizabeth Warren is not". Retrieved 2020-07-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ Nagle, Rebecca (2018-11-18). "Elizabeth Warren's 'part' Cherokee claim is a joke, and a racist insult to Natives like me". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2020-07-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ "Rebecca Nagle - SheSource Expert - Women's Media Center". Women's Media Center. Retrieved 2020-07-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ "Cherokee Nation says Warren must apologize before a 2020 run". 28 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  25. ^ Betz, Bradford (2018-10-16). "Citizen of Cherokee Nation slams Warren's political ambition". Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  26. ^ Jilani, Zaid; Chávez, Aída (2018-02-16). "Native American Activist Critical of Elizabeth Warren Says Her Speech Was a "Step in the Right Direction"". The Intercept. Retrieved 2020-07-11.
  27. ^ Dugyala, Rishika (2019-08-27). "Native American critics still wary of Warren despite apology tour". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-07-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ "Most Creative People in Business 2013". Fast Company. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  29. ^ "Rebecca Nagle, Most Creative People | Fast Company". Fast Company. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  30. ^ "40 Under 40 Awards | National Center Awards". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  31. ^ "Rebecca Nagle". Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  32. ^ "Tahlequah freelancer wins journalism prize". Tahlequah Daily Press. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  33. ^ Schilling, Vincent. "Cherokee author awarded $100,000 for journalism excellence". Indian Country Today. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  34. ^ World, James D. Watts Jr Tulsa. "Cherokee journalist wins $100,000 prize". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  35. ^ "Extraordinary Women Making History: Five Fast Facts About Rebecca Nagle, The Indigenous Activist Upsetting Rape Culture". The Extraordinary Negroes. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  36. ^ Nagle, Rebecca (2017-11-30). "Op-Ed: I am a Cherokee woman. Elizabeth Warren is not". Think Progress. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  37. ^ Nagle, Rebecca (2016-04-05). "Rape is a Social Justice Issue". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  38. ^ "Artists Rebecca Nagle and Graci Horne Help Women Confront Sexual Violence at Standing Rock from Art Movements". podbay. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  39. ^ "This Land, Episode 4. The Treaty". Crooked Media. Retrieved 2021-07-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  40. ^ Rebecca, Nagle. "4. The Treaty". Crooked Media.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)