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CN chief, councilor lock horns on response to McGirt ruling

Cherokee Nation District 3 Tribal Councilor Wes Nofire remains steadfastly opposed to the administration's handling of the aftermath of McGirt v. Oklahoma, while Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said he's doing what an elected leader ought to do after such an historic ruling.

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8/12/2020

article "My Office Will Work Until We Drop": Agencies Vow To Work Together On McGirt Cases
(Oklahoma) -- In a Tuesday press conference, Trent Shores, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, said his office has been working at an...
article AGOYO: 'Shame on you': Authorities warn criminals not to make false claims about Indian status
(Oklahoma) -- Lying about your tribal identity could land you in trouble on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, whose reservation boundaries were reaffirmed last month in a...
article Criminal cases up after tribal ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Federal prosecutors from as far away as New York and Florida are helping the U.S. attorney in Tulsa deal with what he described Tuesday as a “tidal wave”...
article McGirt v. Oklahoma: Understanding What the Supreme Court’s Native American Treaty Rights Decision Is and Is Not
(Oklahoma) -- Confusion permeates the public arena as to what the U.S. Supreme Court recently did – and didn’t do – by ruling in favor of the Muscogee...

8/11/2020

article Federal, State, Municipal And Tribal Officials Present Unified Front At McGirt Press Conference
(Oklahoma) -- At a Tuesday press conference at the U.S. Attorney's Office in downtown Tulsa, federal, state, municipal and tribal officials said they are all...
article US attorney experiencing 'tidal wave' of cases after ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Federal prosecutors from as far away as New York and Florida are helping the U.S. attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma, deal with what he described Tuesday as a...
article Why The Supreme Court's McGirt Decision Resonates On The Wind River Reservation
(Wyoming) -- Lately I've been spending my Wednesday mornings in Riverton City Park. With COVID-19 cases on the rise, it's safer to interview people outdoors, and...

8/8/2020

article Oklahoma AG says he will fight inmates' attempts at release after Supreme Court ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's attorney general said he will fight any challenges by inmates to gain freedom after a recent U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, saying that...

8/7/2020

article County DA, City of Okemah named in class action suit
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt, Okfuskee/Creek County District Attorney Max Cook and the City of Okemah are among the 47 defendants named in a class action lawsuit...
article McGirt-related murder cases increase Tulsa federal court's caseload
(Oklahoma) -- Three suspects named in unrelated murders but tied to the same Supreme Court decision were in Tulsa federal court Friday. At detention hearings, U.S....
article Sequoyah Co. prepares for impact of McGirt decision
(Oklahoma) -- The McGirt v. Oklakoma decision doesn’t necessarily apply to Sequoyah County yet, but local authorities are preparing for the decision to impact it....

8/6/2020

article Mike Hunter: McGirt decision creates huge challenge for state, tribes
(Oklahoma) -- “It is not the critic who counts,” President Teddy Roosevelt once explained, but instead “the man who is actually in the arena, …...
article Oklahoma AG argues state, feds can have jurisdiction in some crimes involving Indians
(Oklahoma) -- Laying out an approach to counter hundreds of anticipated criminal appeals stemming from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Oklahoma attorney...
article Point of View: No need for congressional fix after McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Supreme Court decision in McGirt v Oklahoma has generated renewed interest in the investigation and prosecution of crimes in Indian country in...

8/5/2020

article LEGAL BLOG: The Supreme Court and Justice Gorsuch’s Revolutionary Textualism
(Oklahoma) -- How does a child sex offender’s appeal of his criminal conviction result in half the State of Oklahoma – 113 years after it was admitted as the 46th State...
article An Historic U.S. Supreme Court Ruling And Its Implications for Montana Tribes
(Montana) -- The Supreme Court recently decided McGirt v. Oklahoma, a case many are calling one of the most important decisions for Native Americans in US History. The...

8/4/2020

article After SCOTUS tribal decision, inmates file appeals, prosecutors hand off cases
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s criminal justice system has been roiled by a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month that found that Tulsa and other parts of eastern...
article Half of Oklahoma Is Now Indian Territory. What Does That Mean for Criminal Justice There?
(Oklahoma) -- When police officers found the bodies of two children inside a hot pickup truck in Tulsa, Oklahoma, blame quickly fell on their father. Dustin Lee Dennis...
article Oklahoma AG says he will fight inmates' attempts at release
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's attorney general said he will fight any challenges by inmates to gain freedom after the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Oklahoma...
article Oklahoma AG Seeks Guidance on Criminal Appeals After High Court Ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter asked the state’s highest criminal appeals court Monday for guidance on a flood of inmate appeals after the U.S...

8/3/2020

article AG: ‘Flood of inmates’ seek release for crimes on tribal lands
(Oklahoma) -- A “flood of inmates” are using a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling to try to get released for crimes committed on Oklahoma’s Indian...
article Hunter: ‘Problems the McGirt case presents are not theoretical’
(Oklahoma) -- As state and tribal leaders await potential congressional action about jurisdictional issues raised in last month’s McGirt v. Oklahoma decision,...
article Oklahoma AG asks Court of Criminal Appeals for guidance on cases affected by McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is asking the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals for clarification following a confusing landmark U.S. Supreme Court...

8/2/2020

article Feds file charges against two men whose state convictions were overturned on jurisdictional grounds
(Oklahoma) -- Two men who won appeals that led to the Supreme Court declaring earlier this month that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation was never disestablished,...
article Norman won't be affected by Supreme Court decision on tribal land
(Oklahoma) -- A recent Supreme Court decision regarding tribal land and jurisdiction won’t have an impact on Norman, two local spokespeople said. In a 5-4 decision...
article Shannon Kepler appeals manslaughter conviction on grounds of McGirt case
(Oklahoma) -- A former Tulsa police officer convicted three years ago of fatally shooting his estranged daughter’s boyfriend is appealing his case based on the...

8/1/2020

article Oklahoma tribal members protest over state’s new jurisdiction agreement
(Oklahoma) -- A group of tribal members in Oklahoma held a protest Saturday outside Choctaw Casino in Durant in response to Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s...
article Feds file charges against two men whose state convictions were overturned on jurisdictional grounds
(Oklahoma) -- Two men who won appeals that led to the Supreme Court declaring earlier this month that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation was never disestablished,...
press release Former Tulsa officer appeals conviction after Supreme Court tribal land ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Former Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler filed an appeal with the state of Oklahoma stating it does not have the jurisdiction to convict him because it...

7/31/2020

article EDITORIAL: Tribal affairs shouldn't descend into chasm of mainstream politics
(Oklahoma) -- Few Americans on either side of the ideological spectrum would deny that hate-filled rhetoric has ebbed and flowed, and now, it's escalating at a...
article OP/ED: Supreme Court’s recent treaty ruling could be undone
(Oklahoma) -- In a 5-to-4 ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma this month, the Supreme Court delivered a decisive legal victory for Native Americans. In a rare move, the court...

7/30/2020

article CN chief, councilor lock horns on response to McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation District 3 Tribal Councilor Wes Nofire remains steadfastly opposed to the administration's handling of the aftermath of McGirt v....
article HARPER: McGirt is a chance for greater tribal-state cooperation
(Oklahoma) -- On July 9, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in McGirt v. Oklahoma that the reservation established for the Muscogee Creek Nation by treaty was never “...
article Stitt trying to sort out SCOTUS ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt issued Executive Order 2020-24, announcing the formation of The Oklahoma Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty to address concerns and...
article Tribal members organize peaceful protest against state agreement
(Oklahoma) -- A group of Oklahoma tribal members have organized a protest happening Saturday in Durant in response to Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s...

7/29/2020

article COLUMN: McGirt won't likely affect non-natives
(Oklahoma) -- In the wake of raising awareness about the issue of systemic racism in America via protests across the country, there has been a fair amount of American...
article Environmental concerns now issue in wake of Creek ruling
(Oklahoma) -- In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that Congress never dissolved the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation, tribes and the state...

7/28/2020

article Plan of action remains unsettled after McGirt decision
(Oklahoma) -- A small chink has emerged in the united front coming from Oklahoma’s tribes and the state Attorney General’s Office. Two of the so-called Five...
article VIDEO: Attorneys general for Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation discuss Supreme Court's McGirt ruling on 'Let's Talk'
(Oklahoma) -- Two attorneys general, one for the state of Oklahoma, the other for the Cherokee Nation, agree on at least a few things resulting from a landmark U.S....
article Supreme Court ruling a reminder of how badly Native Americans have been treated | Quigley
(New Jersey) -- In 1997, Jimcy McGirt, a Moscogee (Creek) Indian, was convicted of raping and sodomizing a four-year-old girl and sentenced to life in prison plus 500...

7/27/2020

article SCOTUS delivers on US promises, at least partly, made to Native Americans after Trail of Tears
(Washington D.C.) -- The opening words of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch’s opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court in a major case on American Indian law leaped off the page...
article Federal Bureau of Investigation Oklahoma City Field Office's Statement Regarding Cases Affected by the Supreme Court’s Ruling in McGirt V. Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- "As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt decision, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Oklahoma City Field Office has assumed responsibility as an...

7/26/2020

article Flashpoint team sits down with OK AG
(Oklahoma) -- Each week, the Flash Point team tackles some of the biggest topics circulating in the Sooner State and beyond. This week Oklahoma Attorney General Mike...
article Historian Alexandra Stern Reflects on Landmark Ruling for Native Americans
(California) -- Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled that half of the state of Oklahoma is within sovereign Indian Country, a historic decision that brought...

7/25/2020

article OUR VIEW: Excluding tribes from environmental issues
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders of the Five Tribes — and anybody who cares about clean air and water — should contest the state's effort to extend its authority to...
article Tulsa World editorial: Stitt's appointees to the McGirt advisory commission reflect a lack of diversity
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s appointments to an advisory commission investigating implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent McGirt decision are...

7/24/2020

article AG asks to respond in murder case appeal
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office is requesting to file a response in a 2016 murder case appeal before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals....
article Federal prosecutors file murder charges in 3 unrelated cases after Supreme Court ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Prosecutors have filed murder charges in unrelated cases against three individuals in Tulsa federal court, all as a result of a recent landmark Supreme...

7/23/2020

article National Congress of American Indians stands strong against efforts to erode tribal sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- The nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization is diving into controversy over the U.S. Supreme Court decision that affirmed the treaty...
article US Supreme Court decision looks to affect regulatory future across much of Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Multiple issues could affect the future of Oklahoma natural gas and oil production, including a recent US Supreme Court ruling likely giving the state'...

7/22/2020

article Oklahoma seeks continued authority to oversee environmental programs in state's Indian territories
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma is asking the EPA to grant it the authority to continue regulating environmental issues across areas of the state designated as Indian Territory...
article Cherokee Nation leaders spar over McGirt ruling response
(Oklahoma) -- In a lengthy, sometimes heated Rules Committee meeting on July 20, Cherokee leaders explored the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma,...
article Hoskin says work on jurisdiction agreement continues
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders of the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations say they need more time to discuss with their citizens how to allocate jurisdiction in the wake of a...
article The Oklahoma decision reveals why Native Americans have a hard time seeking justice
(Washington D.C.) -- On July 9, the Supreme Court ruled in McGirt v. Oklahoma that 19th century treaties that the United States signed with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation (...

7/21/2020

article Does McGirt Cede Oklahoma Waters to Native American Tribes?
(Oklahoma) -- On July 9, the U.S. Supreme Court made waves in McGirt v. Oklahoma by overturning a criminal conviction imposed upon a Native American defendant under...
article Cherokee Members Cite McGirt In Class Suit Over Court Fees (sub req)
(Oklahoma) -- A proposed class of Cherokee tribe members is seeking reimbursement for court fines and fees, saying the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in McGirt v....
article Lawmakers seek extension for tribes to spend stimulus money following Treasury delays
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawmakers are stepping in to seek more time for tribal governments to spend coronavirus relief money after funding slated for Native American...
article Experts: State laws apply in Riverton despite Oklahoma decision
(Wyoming) -- The U.S. Supreme Court’s July 9 decision negating state law enforcement authority on an Oklahoma Indian reservation should not affect law enforcement...
article What Good Is a Treaty That Congress Can Simply Discard? Quite a Bit, as the Creek Nation’s Victory in the Supreme Court Shows
(Washington D.C.) -- In McGirt v. Oklahoma, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a substantial portion of the state of Oklahoma—including most of the...

7/20/2020

article Governor forms commission to study impact of Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation decision on state
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday announced the formation of a state commission to delve into the ramifications of a Supreme Court decision which declared much of...
article Stitt creates commission to address concerns after Supreme Court’s tribal decision
(Oklahoma) -- Following a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding tribal land in Oklahoma, Governor Kevin Stitt issued an executive order to form...
article Cherokee Nation chief says leaders still working toward agreement on jurisdiction
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders of the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations said Monday they need more time to discuss with their citizens how to allocate jurisdiction in the...
article HARJO: Chief Chuck Hoskin needs to "back off and sit down" on tribal sovereignty issue
(Oklahoma) -- It is a sad day in Indian Country when one Native Nation is willing to sell out another because of some backroom dealing benefit. Cherokee Nation Chief...
article McGirt fallout: Cherokee citizens protest agreement with state of Oklahoma outside Tribal Council committee meeting
(Oklahoma) -- Concerned about a recently announced agreement-in-principle among five tribes and the state of Oklahoma, about 50 tribal citizens protested outside a...
article TRIBAL CONTROVERSY: CN chief, councilor butt heads during committee meeting
(Oklahoma) -- The fallout from a recent Supreme Court decision that held Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation was never disestablished has created controversy...
article Tribal members rally against Cherokee chief's proposal for state jurisdiction
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee tribal members rallied against their chief’s decision to come to an agreement with the state, regarding police jurisdiction on tribal land...
article Muscogee (Creek) Nation says it’s ‘not in agreement’ with Oklahoma on Supreme Court ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Following a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding tribal land in Oklahoma, there seems to be a back-and-forth battle between tribal...
article Supreme Court ruling to change judicial process for tribal members in much of Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- “When it comes to the Supreme Court, tribes have never faired very well,” says Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend. A history of only...
article NY’s Indigenous rights bolstered by Supreme Court ruling
(New York) -- A recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling could empower New York’s Indigenous nations. On July 9, the court ruled that most of eastern Oklahoma...

7/19/2020

article Oklahoma AG tracking scores of appeals that could be affected by Supreme Court's tribal jurisdictional decision
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office has compiled a list of 178 individuals — including 44 in Tulsa County — who have filed challenges...

7/18/2020

article 2 tribal leaders say they don't support jurisdiction agreement with Oklahoma's AG
(Oklahoma) -- One day after announcing an agreement in principle with Oklahoma's attorney general on proposed federal legislation regarding tribal jurisdiction, the...
article Creek, Seminole tribes deny pact with state on jurisdictional issues
(Oklahoma) -- One day after an agreement had been trumpeted between the state and area tribes on dealing with fallout from a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, two...
article Two tribal chiefs oppose proposed agreement with state
(Oklahoma) -- Two Oklahoma tribal chiefs said Friday they oppose an agreement in principle announced the previous day by the state’s attorney general regarding...
article JOY HARJO: After a Trail of Tears, justice for 'Indian Country'
(Oklahoma) -- It was an ordinary July morning in the Arts District of the Muscogee Creek Nation territory here. Already hot and set to get hotter. I was inside my house...
article EDITORIAL: High court decision doesn't affect property
(Oklahoma) -- For those who have been wondering if a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding tribal jurisdiction means they don't have to pay taxes, the answer is...

7/17/2020

article Now that half of Oklahoma is officially Indian land, oil industry could face new costs and environmental hurdles
(Oklahoma) -- A crash in prices. A round of bankruptcies. And wave after wave of layoffs. On top of all the turmoil Oklahoma oil producers have had to deal with since...
article 2 Oklahoma tribal leaders say they don’t support agreement
(Oklahoma) -- One day after announcing an agreement in principle with Oklahoma’s attorney general on proposed federal legislation regarding tribal jurisdiction,...
article Creek, Seminole Nations disavow agreement on jurisdiction
(Oklahoma) -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Seminole Nation said Friday they were not party to an agreement principle attributed to all of the Five Tribes for...
article Seminole Nation ‘has not been involved’ in discussions about ‘agreement-in-principle,’ Chief Chilcoat says in press statement
(Oklahoma) -- In a shocking turn of events, Seminole Nation Chief Greg P. Chilcoat has issued a statement saying the tribal nation he leads was not involved in...
article Lawsuit asks return of money paid to non-Native entities
(Oklahoma) -- In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on McGirt v. Oklahoma, four Cherokee Nation citizens have filed a class action lawsuit in the District Court...
article MPD announces policy change to deal with recent Supreme Court decision
(Oklahoma) -- Muskogee Police Department announced they will be working with tribal, state and federal authorities, including Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse Police,...
article Now that half of Oklahoma is officially Indian land, oil industry could face new costs and environmental hurdles
(Oklahoma) -- A crash in prices. A round of bankruptcies. And wave after wave of layoffs. On top of all the turmoil Oklahoma oil producers have had to deal with since...
article Half of Oklahoma Is “Indian Country.” What If All Native Treaties Were Upheld?
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision last week that altered the map of Oklahoma. The eastern half of the state, including much of Tulsa, is now, for...
article LEGAL ANALYSIS: Indian Land Then, Remains Indian Land Now
(Washington D.C.) -- On July 9, 2020, the United States Supreme Court held in McGirt v. Oklahoma that, for purposes of the Major Crimes Act (MCA), land in eastern...
article Seminole Nation Chief releases statement regarding principles of jurisdiction announcement from tribes impacted by McGirt v. Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Seminole Nation Chief Greg P. Chilcoat issued the following statement today after the tribes impacted by the McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling released a set of...

7/16/2020

article Oklahoma AG reaches jurisdiction agreement with five tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s attorney general and five major Native American tribes in Oklahoma on Thursday announced an agreement on proposed federal legislation...
article Oklahoma Tribes Reach Deal With State on Case Jurisdiction
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s Five Tribes and state leaders announced an agreement Thursday to clarify the state’s criminal and civil jurisdiction on tribal lands...
article State, Five Tribes establish legislative principles after McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- An agreement in principle struck between the Five Tribes and Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office in response to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision...
article Tribes, State Lay out Agreement on Jurisdictional Issues in the Wake of SCOTUS Ruling on McGirt Case
(Oklahoma) -- The Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole nations and the State of Oklahoma released an agreement on Thursday to help the state...
article Centuries-Old Native American Treaty Upheld, SCOTUS Says Oklahoma Land Remains Part Of Creek Nation Reservation
(Oklahoma) -- On July 9, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in McGirt v. Oklahoma that it would “hold the government to its word” and confirmed that land...
article Chief, former justice discuss impact of McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- In a new project by the Cherokee Phoenix, a virtual roundtable discussion was held between Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.; Stacy Leeds,...
article Jurisdictional challenges mount after McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge said the number of people mounting challenges based on jurisdiction more than doubled from the 20 that were...
article 2 Upcoming Court Decisions Could Have Major Ramifications On Oklahoma Casinos, Gaming
(Oklahoma) -- In north central Oklahoma, in the tiny town of Red Rock, a small Native American tribe is preparing for big changes to the Oklahoma casino industry. "...
article Oklahoma Oil and Gas Business Braces for Change in Wake of Supreme Court Decision
(Oklahoma) -- On July 9, 2020, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in McGirt v. Oklahoma,[1] ruling that most of the eastern half of Oklahoma is an Indian reservation.
article Muskogee police taking new steps to determine your heritage amid new Supreme Court ruling
(Oklahoma) -- A Supreme Court ruling could stir up law enforcement operations in some towns. The court ruled that a large piece of Oklahoma is now Native American land,...
article Prominent Native American Law Team Joins Jenner & Block
(Washington D.C.) -- Jenner & Block is pleased to announce that a team of six leading lawyers in Native American law and two government relations specialists have...

7/15/2020

article 'Icing on the cake': Native Americans hail ruling that east Oklahoma is tribal land
(Oklahoma) -- The news alert about a ruling from US supreme court took Kimberly Tiger by surprise. On Thursday, the court ruled that the federal government never...
article DA meets with tribal officials to discuss Supreme Court ruling
(Oklahoma) -- District Attorney Jack Thorp met with Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee Nations officials in regard to the recent Supreme Court ruling that held the eastern...
article ANALYSIS: McGirt v. Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- In series of Treaties with the Creek Nation in the 1830s, the United States established a Reservation for the Creeks, covering millions of acres in...
article In Oklahoma Reservation Case, Supreme Court Affirms The Law Means What It Says
(Washington D.C.) -- A 5-4 Supreme Court case decided on strict textualist grounds is usually accompanied by weeping and gnashing of teeth among the corporate press. The...
article Supreme Court’s earthshaking decision: Eastern Oklahoma is still Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- On Thursday, July 9, the U.S. Supreme Court fulfilled its legal duty and moral obligation and returned three million acres of eastern Oklahoma to the...
article Native Americans' Slow Path to Progress
(USA) -- In an age of growing global protests against racial inequalities, last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision to classify about half of Oklahoma as a Native...

7/14/2020

article Murder charges against dad dropped because kids have tribal ancestry
(Oklahoma) -- Murder charges against an Oklahoma father whose two children died in a hot car have been dropped because they have tribal ancestry which means the district...

7/13/2020

article Indian Country Treaties Are Valid—and Matter, Says Supreme Court Ruling
(Washington D.C.) -- In a decision being hailed as a win for tribal sovereignty, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large portion of eastern Oklahoma remains a...
press release Rebecca Nagle On What Supreme Court Decision Means For Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The McGirt v. Oklahoma decision that came down from the Supreme Court last week was a landmark decision in treaty law and for the rights of...
article Understanding the Supreme Court's Ruling on Tribal Sovereignty in Eastern Oklahoma
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation still has criminal jurisdiction over Eastern Oklahoma, land...
article What’s Behind Neil Gorsuch’s Stunning Win for Indigenous People
(Washington D.C.) -- On the most recent episode of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick assembled a panel of legal luminaries to pore over the Supreme Court term that came to a close...
article With Oklahoma Reservation Case, Supreme Court Tells Congress To Keep Its Promises
(Washington D.C.) -- “On the far end of the Trail of Tears was a promise.” Playwrights, novelists, and screenwriters spend entire careers without penning an...
article These are the five tribal nations that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of
(Oklahoma) -- Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a disputed area including much of the city of Tulsa belongs to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. But this tribe is just...
article Tulsa sees first case impacted by McGirt Supreme Court decision
(Oklahoma) -- The City of Tulsa has had its first homicide affected by a the Supreme Court ruling from Thursday, saying a large portion of eastern Oklahoma remains...
article Recent Supreme Court Ruling Just Affected Hot Car Death Prosecution in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- The case against Oklahoma man Dustin Dennis, 31, is up in the air once again. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced Monday that he will...
article U.S. Supreme Court finds Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s Reservation Remains Intact For Purposes of Criminal Jurisdiction
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision on July 9, 2020 held that the State of Oklahoma lacked jurisdiction to prosecute an enrolled member of the...

7/12/2020

article The McGirt Case Is a Historic Win for Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Mari Hulbutta, my friend and suitemate from college—we were both members of the Native American student group—couldn’t sleep...
article The Supreme Court ruling on Oklahoma was welcome, but Indigenous people deserve more
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. legal system from the Supreme Court on down delivered a suite of rulings over the past week that have reaffirmed Indigenous land rights and...
article McGirt decision to have little impact on non-tribal residents, TU law professor
(Oklahoma) -- While huge for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, a Supreme Court decision Thursday which reaffirmed the tribe’s historic jurisdictional boundaries as...
article The Supreme Court Affirmed Native American Rights in Oklahoma. Here’s What That Could Mean
(Oklahoma) -- In a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision, justices ruled Thursday that much of eastern Oklahoma has been, contrary to the state’s long-standing...
article EDITORIAL: In Oklahoma ruling, Supreme Court does right by native peoples
(Massachusetts) -- A promise shouldn't be made, or taken, lightly. Though most folks would agree with that statement -- legally, morally -- when it has come to...

7/11/2020

article For Muscogee (Creek) Tribe in Oklahoma, at Long Last Vindication
(Oklahoma) -- The sorrow and death of the Trail of Tears were still fresh when a band of Muscogee (Creek) people gathered by an oak tree in 1836 to deposit the ashes of...
article Indigenous people celebrate historic Supreme Court ruling upholding treaties in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- This week, a Supreme Court ruling has acknowledged that, at least for the sake of federal criminal prosecutions, most of the eastern half of Oklahoma...
article McGirt decision to have little impact on non-tribal residents, TU law professor
(Oklahoma) -- While huge for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, a Supreme Court decision Thursday which reaffirmed the tribe’s historic jurisdictional boundaries as...
article Supreme Court vacates 4 more sentences after Oklahoma ruling
(Oklahoma) -- A Native American man convicted in Oklahoma of first-degree murder and another who pleaded guilty to manslaughter had their convictions vacated because the...
article Inland Northwest tribal leaders, lawyers praise key Supreme Court decision on tribal sovereignty
(Washington) -- In a decision hailed by Native American leaders in the Inland Northwest as a victory for tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a...
article Supreme Court ruling expanded tribal land. What does that mean for Arizona?
(Arizona) -- In a decision hailed as a landmark in federal Indian law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that much of Oklahoma’s tribal lands had never been...

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