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Man At Center Of Landmark Tribal Sovereignty Ruling Convicted In Federal Court

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A Seminole Nation citizen who was the plantiff behind the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark trial McGirt v. Oklahoma has been convicted in federal court.

71-year-old Jimcy McGirt was initially convicted in state court in 1997 of felony sex crimes.

On Friday, he was found guilty in a retrial after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state lacked jurisdiction to try his case.

Only the federal government has the ability to try Native Americans when the crime occurs on Indian land.

McGirt has been in custody at Muscogee County Sheriff's Office since his release from state prison.


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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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