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Native American tribes' reservation boundaries now on Google Maps

The reservation boundaries for Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Osage Nation, Muscogee Creek Nation and Chickasaw Nation are now shown on Google Maps. Choctaw Nation said this will make it easier for people to search and view the reservation boundaries with just a few clicks.

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10/23/2020

article Hoskin says Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs letter opposes tribes
(Oklahoma) -- In another development to appear in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt v. Oklahoma decision, a conservative think tank sent a letter in early...
article Oklahoma governor gets report on McGirt ruling impact
(Oklahoma) -- A task force appointed by Gov. Kevin Stitt made no specific recommendations on Oct. 22 in its report concerning the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling...
article Jurisprudence in limbo
(Oklahoma) -- Jurisprudence in Oklahoma is in limbo after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state has no jurisdiction in cases that occur on what was once an Indian...

10/22/2020

article Commission created to address fallout from U.S. Supreme Court decision releases first report
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s commission on sovereignty today delivered its first report.Stitt created the Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty to address...
article Oklahoma AG suggests federal law to let tribes share jurisdiction with state after McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued a series of recommendations Wednesday that he said will help the state and its American Indian tribes deal...
article Stitt panel releases principles for state-tribe relations after McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty on Thursday released a list of five over-arching principles it proposes the state use in...
article Harjo: Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. playing sidekick to state in post-McGirt sovereignty battle
(Oklahoma) -- Maskokvlke! Tsalagi! Lookout, Muscogee People and all sovereignty champions! I am sorry to tell you that the Oklahoma Attorney General and the Cherokee...
article State AG agrees government cooperation key with Five Tribes
(Oklahoma) -- The governor of the Chickasaw Nation offered thoughts on a letter released Tuesday by the State Attorney General recognizing the role of intergovernmental...
article NAICJA Presents McGirt Case at Conference, Releases Video Featuring Muscogee Creek Nation Tribal Court
(Oklahoma) -- The National American Indian Court Judges Association(NAICJA) welcomed judges from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation (MCN) to share with virtual conference...

10/21/2020

article Hunter seeks Congress' help to restore criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said Wednesday he wants Congress to take a first step toward allowing the state to resume prosecuting crimes...
article Oklahoma AG suggests federal law to let tribes share jurisdiction with state after McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s attempt to broker an agreement between the state and its most powerful American Indian tribes concerning...
article In Oklahoma, “Yet Another Broken Promise” to Native Americans
(Oklahoma) -- Last week, millions of people across the country observed Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In addition to commemorating the cultures and achievements of...
article Supreme Court ruling could cost Oklahoma $300 million
(Oklahoma) -- The July U.S. Supreme Court ruling which determined that treaties agreed to in the 1800s are still valid could cost the state as much as $300 million in...
article District attorney has problems with justice under McGirt decision
(Oklahoma) -- A hearing on Wednesday of a jury-imposed life sentence for a manslaughter conviction may be the first of between 2,000 and 3,000 cases that will have to be...

10/17/2020

article OUR VIEW: Five Tribes' treaties should remain undisturbed
(Oklahoma) -- Members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation should ignore a letter from a conservative think tank that wants Congress to formally disestablish five...

10/16/2020

article Courts Rule Two More Tribal Reservations Were Never Disestablished
(Oklahoma) -- Two recent court decisions say the reservations of the Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation were never disestablished. On Wednesday, a Pittsburg County...
article State judges asked whether tribes’ reservations remain
(Oklahoma) -- Do Oklahoma’s five largest tribes still have reservations today? That’s the question facing judges and attorneys after the U.S. Supreme Court...

10/15/2020

article EDITORIAL: Tribes should take EPA issue to court
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt scored another victory in his ongoing battle with Oklahoma Native tribes by finding another way, with the prescient help of U.S. Sen. Jim...

10/14/2020

article Oklahoma judge rules triple killing occurred on tribal land
(Oklahoma) -- A death row inmate in Oklahoma is likely to get a new trial in federal court after a judge determined that the victims in the case were tribal citizens and...

10/13/2020

article Hoskin blasts Stitt, EPA power grab
(Oklahoma) -- In the fallout of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt vs. Oklahoma ruling, in which the court held the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation was never...
article Judge finds Chickasaw Nation's reservation still exists
(Oklahoma) -- A McClain County district judge ruled Tuesday that death row inmate Shaun Michael Bosse was wrongly tried in state court because the crime was committed on...

10/12/2020

article MORON ALERT: OCPA letter sparks backlash
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs launched a campaign to roll back treaty rights upheld by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that reaffirmed the existence of...

10/10/2020

article The Fight for Tribal Sovereignty in Oklahoma Is Not Over
(Oklahoma) -- A US Supreme Court decision that recognized much of eastern Oklahoma as Indian Country has suffered a major setback, after the federal Environmental...
article Cherokee commission reports on McGirt changes to nation
(Oklahoma) -- The Commission for the Protection of Cherokee Nation Sovereignty established by the Principal Chief after the U.S. Supreme Court McGirt ruling, has issued...

10/9/2020

article MORON ALERT: Oklahoma conservative group wants tribal reservation boundaries gone
(Oklahoma) -- A letter urging the state’s congressional delegation to legislate the “disestablishment” of traditional Indian reservation boundaries...

10/8/2020

article Family Members Of Hit-And-Run Victims Return To Court Decade Later
(Oklahoma) -- The family members of five people killed in a hit-and-run crash have more questions on Thursday than answers after the woman convicted of the crimes is...
article Twelve cases dismissed in wake of McGirt decision
(Oklahoma) -- Twelve criminal cases involving Native Americans have been dismissed in Okfuskee County District Court on grounds that the state does not have jurisdiction...

10/7/2020

article Tribes Sharply Criticize EPA Granting Stitt Environmental Oversight Of Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation was never disestablished, the Environmental...
article Tribes slam EPA move to give Oklahoma control of environmental rules
(Washington D.C.) -- Oklahoma tribal nations slammed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent granting of authority to the state over environmental issues...
article “We Are All Related” exhibit brings Native American art back to Signal Hill
(California) -- Greenly Art Space’s current exhibit is a testament to the beauty and perseverance of Indigenous art, and reminds those in Signal Hill and Long Beach that...

10/6/2020

article EPA Grants Stitt Request for State Oversight on Tribal Lands
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a request from Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s administration to allow the state, not tribal...
article How the EPA Is Screwing Oklahoma’s Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Jim Inhofe might be best known as the dipshit who brought a snowball to the floor of Congress as “proof” that climate change is not real...
article US Supreme Court rejects appeals of 4 in Oklahoma slayings
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeals of four death row inmates in Oklahoma slayings. The court on Monday denied requests for hearings from...
article Woman convicted in 2007 fatal hit-and-run seeks release due to tribal jurisdiction
(Oklahoma) -- A Tulsa woman convicted in a 2007 deadly hit-and-run is headed back to court this week, claiming she should be released. That news not sitting well with...

10/5/2020

article EPA gives Oklahoma authority over many tribal environmental issues
(Oklahoma) -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is turning its oversight of a number of environmental issues on tribal lands over to the state of Oklahoma....
article EPA Grants Oklahoma Control Over Tribal Lands
(Oklahoma) -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted the state of Oklahoma regulatory control over environmental issues on nearly all tribal lands there,...
article EPA grants Stitt request for state oversight on tribal lands
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a request from Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s administration to allow the state, not tribal...
article Reservation ruling could cost Oklahoma $200M a year in lost revenue
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma stands to lose more than $200 million per year in income and sales tax revenue as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the eastern half of...
article Tulsa Woman Sentenced In Fatal Hit-And-Run Seeks Release Due To Tribal Jurisdiction
(Oklahoma) -- A Tulsa woman sentenced to more than 100 years for a deadly hit-and-run in 2007 will go to court this week, in an effort to get out of prison. Kimberly...
article Trent Shores: Native American justice is a personal and professional mission
(Oklahoma) -- A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision concluded that Congress never disestablished the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation, thereby placing large swaths of...

10/4/2020

article Tax Commission: McGirt decision will have ‘significant, immediate’ financial impact
(Oklahoma) -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation was never terminated will have a ripple effect on state tax collections. A...
article Trent Shores: Native American justice is a personal and professional mission
(Oklahoma) -- A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision concluded that Congress never disestablished the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation, thereby placing large swaths of...

10/3/2020

press release U.S. Attorney General Visits Oklahoma To Discuss Effects Of SCOTUS Ruling
(Oklahoma) -- United States Attorney General William Barr visited the Cherokee Nation Capital in Tahlequah, Okla. on Wednesday to talk about some of the challenges and...

10/1/2020

article Attorney General Bill Barr meets with Cherokee Nation leadership, local federal prosecutors after McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the Department of Justice intends to dedicate more than $7.5 million to the Cherokee Nation as it expands its court...
article DOJ funds special attorneys in Cherokee territory
(Oklahoma) -- The Eastern District of Oklahoma is expecting to receive additional manpower in response to its anticipated case increase following McGirt vs. Oklahoma. U....

9/30/2020

article U.S. Attorney General William Barr meets with Cherokee Nation for roundtable discussion on McGirt ruling
(Oregon) -- United States Attorney General William Barr was in Oklahoma Wednesday for a roundtable discussion with the Cherokee Nation. The two sides discussed the...
article McGirt motions for dismissal to be heard next Tuesday
(Oklahoma) -- Sixteen motions of dismissal filed in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the McGirt v. Oklahoma case were slated to be heard by District Judge...

9/29/2020

article INVESTIGATES: McGirt ruling's impact on Tulsa Co. crime victim
(Oklahoma) -- A Tulsa County crime victim and Cherokee Nation tribal member is worried after her burglary case was dismissed last week. “I feel like I'm, I...
article U.S. Supreme Court ruling supports tribal sovereignty
(Oklahoma) -- Jimcy McGirt has been taken into federal custody following the July 9 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma. McGirt, a Seminole citizen, was...

9/27/2020

article Formal recognition of four other tribal reservations could come by year's end
(Oklahoma) -- When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in July that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation had never been terminated, it was widely expected that the...
article Principal Chief David Hill named in TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2020
(Oklahoma) -- Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill is on TIME Magazine's list of 100 most influential people of 2020. Hill is best known for winning...

9/26/2020

article Alleged murderers seeking relief after McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Alleged murderers have been granted bond appearances and filed for dismissals due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling in July. The...

9/25/2020

article Native American tribes' reservation boundaries now on Google Maps
(Oklahoma) -- The reservation boundaries for Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Osage Nation, Muscogee Creek Nation and Chickasaw Nation are now shown on Google Maps....
article OP/ED: McGirt ruling applies to the original Five Tribes as well to all tribes in the United States
(Oklahoma) -- Dear tribes, Indigenous communities, and Native peoples in America: Halito! In this opinion-editorial, I will be discussing the realities of building up...
article Native American tribes' reservation boundaries now on Google Maps
(Oklahoma) -- The reservation boundaries for Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Osage Nation, Muscogee Creek Nation and Chickasaw Nation are now shown on Google Maps....

9/24/2020

article EPA set secret deadline for Oklahoma tribes to fight loss of sovereignty
(Oklahoma) -- TCOTS is the EPA’s website for posting tribal consulting opportunities, but the EPA has yet to say whether the general public was ever informed. TYT...
article Breaking the Ice: Professor’s brief cited in tribal sovereignty case
(Minnesota) -- For Mitchell Hamline School of Law professor Colette Routel, having the U.S. Supreme Court cite an amicus brief she co-wrote in its landmark McGirt v....

9/23/2020

article Cherokee Nation reservation boundaries, including Owasso, Collinsville, now visible on Google Maps
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation announced that its reservation boundaries are now charted on Google Maps. The borders include 7,000 miles in northeastern Oklahoma,...

9/22/2020

article Native American man behind historic McGirt vs. Oklahoma case indicted in federal court
(Oklahoma) -- A Native American man behind a historic Supreme Court case now faces federal charges.

9/21/2020

article Feds indict Indian men whose cases led to sovereignty ruling
(Oklahoma) -- A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation convicted of murder in state court and another convicted of sexually assaulting a child in cases at the center of a...
article Supreme Court ruling affects more than 800 'Indian Country' criminal cases in Oklahoma so far
(Oklahoma) -- More than 800 criminal cases have been referred to federal prosecutors in Oklahoma since a July Supreme Court ruling determined that much of northeastern...

9/19/2020

article Hundreds Of Cases Handed To Tribal Courts, US Attorneys Following McGirt Ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Hundreds of criminal cases are being handed over to tribal courts and the U.S. Attorney’s office after the state dropped more charges against Tulsa...

9/18/2020

article EPA Set Secret Deadline for Oklahoma Tribes to Fight Loss of Sovereignty
(Oklahoma) -- The Trump administration’s top environmental official has set a Monday deadline for Oklahoma tribes to weigh in on a proposal that could let the...

9/16/2020

article PBS: What SCOTUS' McGirt v. Oklahoma means for Native tribes
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled recently that much of eastern Oklahoma remains Native land. The decision granted jurisdictional control for most criminal...
article Ponca ambassador calls for tribes to unite and oppose Oklahoma's environmental oversight request
(Oklahoma) -- A tribal leader is calling for Oklahoma’s Native Americans to unite as the federal government ponders the future of key environmental regulatory...
article Supreme Court ruling causing confusion in search for armed Coweta robber
(Oklahoma) -- An 87-year-old woman in Coweta is speaking out after getting robbed and assaulted inside her home. Virginia Imogene-Treat knows she made the wrong decision...

9/15/2020

article Clarity Sought Post-McGirt, As Seminole Nation Asserts Its Reservation Was Never Disestablished
(Oklahoma) -- When the United States Supreme Court made a landmark ruling earlier this year saying Congress never explicitly disestablished the Muscogee (Creek) Nation...
article NAC: Oklahoma after McGirt
(Oklahoma) -- Dozens of Oklahoma tribal members convicted of crimes in state court are asking for a second look at their cases in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court...

9/8/2020

article Two recent legal victories strengthen Indian Country’s jurisdictional landscape
(Illinois) -- Indian Country had a big win earlier this summer in the U.S. Supreme Court, with the 5-4 ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma, determining that approximately one-...
article Conviction appeals piling up following McGirt decision
(Oklahoma) -- A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affirmed Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation status has sparked a wave of appeals from Cherokees who...

9/3/2020

article Choctaw Nation braces for possible jurisdiction changes
(Oklahoma) -- The Supreme Court ruled that a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma remains a Native American reservation, a decision that state and federal officials have...

9/1/2020

article McGirt fallout: Federal judge denies request to reconsider release of suspect in 1990s rapes
(Oklahoma) -- A Muskogee federal judge on Monday denied prosecutors’ request to reconsider his ruling ordering the release of a man suspected of committing several...

8/31/2020

article Supreme Court Ruling on Oklahoma Tribal Land Raises Questions for Oil Industry
(Oklahoma) -- A US Supreme Court decision recognizing about half of Oklahoma as Native American reservation land has implications for oil and gas development and raises...
article Man linked to fatal Tulsa crash named in federal criminal complaint
(Oklahoma) -- The case of a 53-year-old Tulsa man who is jailed in connection with a fatal collision is the latest case that has ended up in federal court because of...

8/30/2020

article After SCOTUS decision, some jailed American Indians wait weeks without access to attorneys
(Oklahoma) -- Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in early July holding that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation was never disestablished...

8/29/2020

article Creek Nation chief: We are going after alleged serial rapist
(Oklahoma) -- Where the federal government failed, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation will not, according to Principal Chief David Hill. “Our attorney general’s...

8/28/2020

article Choctaw Nation forms McGirt task force
(Oklahoma) -- Questions remain after the Supreme Court’s July ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma — but some legal experts say it provided clarity and the Choctaw...
article Cross-deputization important to local law enforcement
(Oklahoma) -- Cross-deputization agreements between the Choctaw Nation and local law enforcement agencies are nothing new — but following a recent Supreme Court...
article Accused Muskogee serial rapist released from jail
(Oklahoma) -- A man accused of a series of rapes in Muskogee was released from jail this week. Leroy Jemol Smith was charged in Muskogee County in June for allegedly...

8/26/2020

article Sheriff outlines changes from McGirt Supreme Court decision
(Oklahoma) -- When the United States Supreme Court ruled on the McGirt case recently concerning jurisdiction for Native American residents when arrested for crimes,...

8/25/2020

article McGirt to remain jailed while awaiting federal retrial necessitated by Supreme Court reservation ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Jimcy McGirt, who won a landmark Supreme Court ruling over the state of Oklahoma, will not be released from jail he awaits his retrial in federal court, a...

8/24/2020

article Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief Says Legislation In The Wake Of McGirt v. Oklahoma Would Be Rushed
(Oklahoma) -- Last week, KOSU aired an interview with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter about the agreement in principle between the state and the tribes in the wake...

8/23/2020

article Hearing on Shannon Kepler's tribal citizenship ordered in light of Indian Country ruling
(Oklahoma) -- The state’s appellate court ordered prosecutors and Shannon Kepler, who was convicted of killing his daughter’s boyfriend, to hold an...

8/21/2020

article Oklahomans Have Questions About McGirt? Tribes And Attorney General Have A FAQ For That
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter recently spoke on a panel at the Oklahoma Association of Narcotics Enforcers about the impact the McGirt v. Oklahoma...
article 'There's Been Stops and Starts': Oklahoma Attorney General Wants Agreement Between State And Tribes
(Oklahoma) -- The state of Oklahoma and leaders of the Five Tribes are just beginning to figure out how they will handle criminal jurisdiction and other matters in the...
article Murder suspects file motions to have cases dismissed
(Oklahoma) -- Two murder suspects have filed motions in Okfuskee County Court to have their cases dismissed on grounds that the State of Oklahoma does not have...
article Murder suspects file motions to have cases dismissed
(Oklahoma) -- Two murder suspects have filed motions in Okfuskee County Court to have their cases dismissed on grounds that the State of Oklahoma does not have...

8/16/2020

article As questions mount, prospects dim for federal bill on Oklahoma reservations
(Oklahoma) -- Prospects have dimmed for federal legislation this year to clarify Oklahoma’s criminal and civil jurisdiction in the wake of a momentous U.S. Supreme...
article HOSKINS: Protecting our sovereign rights to govern the Cherokee Nation reservation
(Oklahoma) -- In its recent ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma, the United States Supreme Court affirmed what Native Americans in Oklahoma have always known and maintained:...

8/15/2020

article Court hearing could set procedures for criminal appeals resulting from Creek reservation case
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday ordered a new hearing in district court for a death row inmate whose case could establish standard...
article LETTER: The economic sky is not falling after McGirt decision
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma built its house on a foundation of sand regarding the jurisdictional authority to govern. After the Supreme Court's McGirt decision held the...
article Man at center of jurisdictional tribal challenge makes federal court appearance in child sex abuse case
(Oklahoma) -- Jimcy McGirt, the man who won a landmark case that acknowledged that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s historical reservation boundaries were never...

8/14/2020

article Tribal groups warn Inhofe bill could undermine sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- Legislation being discussed by some members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation to address a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision threatens to...
article Cherokee Nation creates commission, proposes act in response to
(Oklahoma) -- In light of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation has established a commission to make funding and...
article Eastern District of Oklahoma inundated with new cases after McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- The McGirt Supreme Court ruling is a landmark decision. Many say it is a win for the Federal recognized tribes specifically The Muscogee (Creek) Nation....
article McGirt Transferred from State Prison, Faces Federal Trial
(Oklahoma) -- The man whose case led to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Muscogee (Creek) Nation land — and much of eastern Oklahoma — remains an Indian...

8/13/2020

article Chief Hoskin establishes sovereignty commission in wake of McGirt decision
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. established a new commission to make funding and resource recommendations and examine other related areas...

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...

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