McGirt v. Oklahoma

This is a bittersweet week for U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. He tendered his resignation effective February 28th to make way for President Joe Biden's new head prosecutor for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Over the last four years, he's worked closely with tribal and state leaders, as both adjust to last summer's landmark McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the Governor's State of the State Address and his push to get schools to open for in-person learning.

The trio also talks about the governor's mention of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt v. Oklahoma decision and the lack of any mention of criminal justice reform.

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Governor Kevin Stitt gave his third State of the State Address on Monday before a joint session of the State House and Senate for the 58th Oklahoma Legislature.

The Chickasaw Nation and Cherokee Nation said Thursday the challenges presented by their expanded criminal boundaries post-McGirt v. Oklahoma are so great they are advocating for the state of Oklahoma to retain jurisdiction over some of those felony of cases.

The Cherokee Nation recently voted to update their criminal codes to be more in line with existing Oklahoma laws.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Muscogee (Creek) Nation is adding laws and making other changes to accommodate the increased jurisdictional authority the Tribe has because of the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Nation says these changes are just a start.

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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.

Chickasaw Citizen and Republican Tom Cole is seeking re-election in Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District. Cole was first elected in 2002 and if he wins, this will be his 10th term in office. The co-chair of the Native American caucus touts his willingness to work across the aisle on issues affecting Indian Country. KOSU's Allison Herrera talked with the congressman on some of the issues his constituents are facing.

Leaders of three of the Five Tribes released a statement on Thursday opposing legislation in response to the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision.

On Thursday, Oklahoma's Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty delivered their first report to Governor Kevin Stitt.