McGirt v. Oklahoma

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr will meet with leaders of the Cherokee Nation and U.S. Attorneys in Tahlequah on Wednesday.

The Justice Department has kept details surrounding Barr’s visit quiet, but one topic the Attorney General may discuss is the McGirt v. Oklahoma Supreme Court decision, and its impact on Native American communities in the state. The decision found much of the eastern half of Oklahoma is still a Native American reservation with regard to federal criminal law.

Time Magazine released its list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2020 on Wednesday. The list features the likes of Anthony Fauci, Megan Rapino, Angela Davis and the founders of Black Lives Matter.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A Seminole Nation citizen who was the plaintiff behind the historic Supreme Court decision McGirt v. Oklahoma has been indicted in federal court.

71-year-old Jimcy McGirt faces three counts of aggravated sexual abuse. His case will now be taken up in Federal Court after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this summer that the state lacked jurisdiction to try his case because his crime was committed on the Muscogee (Creek) Reservation.

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When the United States Supreme Court made a landmark ruling earlier this year saying Congress never explicitly disestablished the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation, many believed the decision would extend to the rest of the Five Tribes.

That prediction is now playing out in Seminole County.

Rethinking The Wind River Reservation

Sep 3, 2020

A landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer found that 3 million acres in eastern Oklahoma still belongs to the Muscogee Creek reservation, despite over a century of white settlement. The decision could have ripple effects for Native American reservations across the country, including for the boundaries of the Wind River Reservation and the city of Riverton, Wyoming.

The Mountain West News Bureau’s Savannah Maher reports.

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It's been a month since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling that said the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation was never disestablished. Now, there seems to be a lot of questions surrounding the decision. 

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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 of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the McGirt v. Oklahoma case, possible legislation and shared jurisdiction.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter recently spoke on a panel at the Oklahoma Association of Narcotics Enforcers about the impact the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision will have on Oklahoma law enforcement.

The virtual event was attended by more than 1,000 people and specifically addressed the questions regarding the Violence Against Women Act and property rights.

Hunter says the landmark Supreme Court ruling has created confusion and thinks that Congressional action is necessary to clear up any issues of jurisdiction.

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 wake of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision McGirt v. Oklahoma. KOSU's Allison Herrera spoke with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter on what he'd like to see going forward.

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