WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large portion of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation.
Justices decided the territorial dispute between Oklahoma and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in which the tribe is challenging the state’s authority to prosecute a crime committed on a reservation.
Jimcy McGirt is serving two 500-year prison terms for raping a 4-year-old girl.
McGirt’s attorneys argued the rape happened on land that is still a reservation under treaties from before Oklahoma was declared a state.
The ruling is one of the multiple decisions expected Thursday including the proposed release of President Donald Trump’s federal tax information.
In a joint statement, the U.S. Attorneys for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma responded to the ruling Thursday morning:
“As Oklahoma’s United States Attorneys, we are confident tribal, state, local, and federal law enforcement will work together to continue providing exceptional public safety under this new ruling by the United States Supreme Court.”
The State of Oklahoma, Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole Nations released a joint statement today following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the McGirt v. Oklahoma case.
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