Supreme Court rules swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservation

The court's decision means that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases against American Indian defendants in parts of the state.

7/9/2020 10:40:00 PM

US Supreme Court rules that a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation, a decision that state and federal officials have warned could throw Oklahoma into legal chaos.

The court's decision means that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases against American Indian defendants in parts of the state.

The reservation once encompassed 3 million acres (12,100 square kilometers), including most of Tulsa.The Supreme Court, with eight justices taking part, failed to reach a decision last term when it reviewed a federal appeals court ruling in a separate case that threw out a state murder conviction and death sentence. In that case, the appeals court said the crime occurred on land assigned to the tribe before Oklahoma became a state and Congress never clearly eliminated the Creek Nation reservation it created in 1866.

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The case the justices decided Thursday involved 71-year-old Jimcy McGirt, who is serving a 500-year prison sentence for molesting a child. Oklahoma state courts rejected his argument that his case does not belong in Oklahoma courts and that federal prosecutors should instead handle his case.

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Casinos for everyone!!! Basically, they an go around killing people... I bet Trumps fuming Gorsuch was the swing vote. I’m glad the Indians won. We stole their land. We are the immigrants. Glad the Indians finally got something back they really never lost. Congress never cared lol Well this land was the Native Americans land, before we came here and murdered many of them, enslaved them, etc and took their lands

Now build the wall. Keep Trump out. Allen58B They've got rights too!! All treaties with the native Americans people should be respected no matter how long ago they were signed and enacted. The distrust native Americans feel towards the federal government is justified by history Good it was the Native Americans land in the first place!!

Tulsa is officially on Indian territory - no longer in US or state of Oklahoma. Good for the Supreme Court. Read the whole thing and ruling you ignorant bunch of China loving liars. Thought I was reading something from the NBA Why because now OK has to let people out of for profit prisons because they had zero legal jurisdiction? Let them out that on OK for breaking the law.

Oklahoma legislature and municipalities are used to just doing whatever they want with impunity! It is about time they are subjected to the Constitution and federal rulings. You say that like returning stolen land is a bad thing 🤔 If you saw me on the streets, you’d call me white. But I am a descendant of the Lenape tribe. Displaced from Delaware to Oklahoma. And I’d like for a lot of you to get the f*ck outbof our country.

honor the treaties To bad PetraMcCarron2 It's always been their land. They made the right decision. Guess they should’ve thought about that before they stole this land. Finally some justice. PetraMcCarron2 It’s all stolen land! Yes indeed

Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservationThe Supreme Court has ruled that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases in a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma that remains an American Indian reservation Everyone on Twitter is a liberal until we talk about actually giving the land back. Who in the world thought of challenging this in court? Congratulations to them. Awesome! Now, for the other 49 states...

Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservationThe Supreme Court has ruled that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases in a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma that remains an American Indian reservation The court's ruling casts doubt on hundreds of convictions won by local prosecutors.

American Indian Lands Include Eastern Oklahoma, Supreme Court RulesThe Supreme Court ruled that nearly half of Oklahoma falls within the Muscogee (Creek) Indian Reservation, enforcing 19th century treaties the U.S. made with the tribe over the objections of the federal and state governments These lyrics from the official state children's song of Oklahoma -- the irony! 'Yes, Oklahoma, my native land. I am proud to say your future's looking grand.' Watch out for the protesters and rioters, since the Indian tribes sided with the Confederacy in the Civil War.... problematic. /s Does this decision have further reaching effects for not Native Americans who live in this area?

Supreme Court Rules Eastern Oklahoma Land Is Tribal TerritoryBREAKING: In a stunning blow to Oklahoma’s state government, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that much of eastern Oklahoma is located on an Indian reservation. LOL! Whose got the power now? This is awesome.... Wowww!! 👏

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