U.S. Supreme Court Yet to Decide Tribal Jurisdiction Cases

As of today, July 1, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court still has not released a decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma or Sharp v. Murphy. The cases could be the most important in the history of Indian Territory as well as the state of Oklahoma. The Court will potentially decide—among other weighty legal issues—whether the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation boundaries remain intact or not. If so, then the other four of the Five Tribes with similar 1860s-era treaty provisions may find their statistical reservation jurisdictional areas intact as Indian country as well. This could greatly impact the sovereignty of not only the Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Nations, but also the eastern half of Oklahoma, including metropolitan Tulsa. More.

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Mike McBride III

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Indian Law & Gaming