McGirt v. Oklahoma

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Here & Now examines the Supreme Court’s decision on McGirt v. Oklahoma and whether half of Oklahoma is legally a Native American reservation. We speak with Oklahoma journalist and Cherokee Nation citizen Rebecca Nagle on what this means for tribal sovereignty and lands.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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In a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Oklahoma tribes in McGirt v. Oklahoma, saying much of the eastern half of Oklahoma is still an Indian reservation.

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On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court punting on Carpenter v. Murphy last term — a case that would decide whether or not much of eastern Oklahoma is a reservation, the court will take up arguments in a new case on Monday, McGirt v. Oklahoma, that asks the same question.

Updated on Wednesday, May 13, at 3:45 p.m. ET

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court has over two weeks heard oral arguments remotely, with audio streaming live for the public — a first for the court.

The arguments included high-profile cases about religious freedom, President Trump's financial records and the Electoral College.

For each case, both sides had the same amount of time, beginning with two minutes of uninterrupted argument. Then, each justice was allotted two minutes for questioning.

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