July 9, 2020

IT'S STARTING TO SEEM...:

Supreme Court says eastern half of Oklahoma is Native American land (Tucker Higgins & Dan Mangan, 7/09/20, CNBC)

The 5-4 decision, with an opinion authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, endorsed the claim of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to the land, which encompasses 3 million acres in eastern Oklahoma, including most of the city of Tulsa.

The decision means that only federal authorities, no longer state prosecutors, can lodge charges against Native Americans who commit serious alleged crimes on that land, which is home to 1.8 million people. Of those people, 15% or fewer are Native Americans.

"Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law," Gorsuch wrote.

"Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word," he wrote. [...]

"For MCA purposes, land reserved for the Creek Nation since the 19th century remains 'Indian country,'" Gorsuch wrote in the opinion in McGirt's case.


...like you ought not put stuff in writing if you want Justice Gorsuch to ignore it.

Posted by at July 9, 2020 3:46 PM

  

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