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Following McGirt Decision, Cherokee Nation Forms Commission To Examine Its Criminal Justice System

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signed an executive order Thursday that establishes the Commission for the Protection of Cherokee Nation Sovereignty.

The commission was established to figure out just how much it's going to cost the Cherokee Nation to expand their criminal justice system to take on more cases in the wake of the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the price tag is a concern.

"We have a responsibility to be fiscally responsible and to do that I need to know what the cost is going to be," Hoskin Jr. said. "I need to know what federal resources are available. I need to know what tough decisions myself and our council is going to have to make as we take on obligations under McGirt."

Cherokee Nation filed an amicus brief with the Oklahoma Court of Appeals last week asserting that the Cherokee Nation's reservation remains intact. The case involved the conviction of a Miami citizen arrested inside Cherokee Nation's boundaries.

Allison Herrera is a radio and print journalist who's worked for PRX's The World, Colorado Public Radio as the climate and environment editor and as a freelance reporter for High Country News’ Indigenous Affairs desk.
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