McGirt v. 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 extraordinary pace.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed a brief with the Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals on Monday to address concerns resulting from the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision.


On Monday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced he has formed a new commission in the wake of the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision. The Oklahoma Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty is meant to advise the Governor on jurisdictional issues on criminal, civil and regulatory concerns.

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Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated that the Cherokee Nation, the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation withdrew their support for the agreement in principle the Five Tribes drew up last week. A statement from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. says that while they're taking the time to listen to their citizens, they are NOT withdrawing their support for an agreement in principle.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler and United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma Trent Shores both cited the recent Supreme Court ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma in announcing action in two separate cases, some of the first legal maneuvers navigating what Shores' office calls their "new responsibilities."

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Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation still has criminal jurisdiction over Eastern Oklahoma, land that was designated to them through treaties in the 1800s.

KOSU Indigenous Affairs reporter Allison Herrera appeared on PBS NewsHour on Friday evening to discuss the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and its possible fallout.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a huge area of eastern Oklahoma is a Native American reservation was applauded by tribes.

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The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that about half of the land in Oklahoma is within a Native American reservation, a decision that will have major consequences for both past and future criminal and civil cases.

The court's decision hinged on the question of whether the Creek reservation continued to exist after Oklahoma became a state.