AG Hunter, Tribal Leaders Release Agreement in Principle for Criminal, Civil Jurisdiction

Thursday, July 16th 2020, 11:48 am
By: News 9

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and tribal leaders released an agreement Thursday in principle for proposed federal legislation that will clarify state and tribal jurisdiction in criminal and civil matters.

The agreement comes after the supreme court ruled against the state in the McGirt v. Oklahoma case.

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Attorney General released the following statement:

“Although there are many more details to be ironed out in the near future, we believe this agreement regarding civil and criminal jurisdiction is the best path forward for protecting the public and promoting continued economic growth in Oklahoma,” Attorney General Hunter said. “My commitment to our tribal partners is to work together to forge common ground on the issues brought to light by this case. Oklahoma’s tribal nations are a fundamental part of Oklahoma’s culture, economy, politics and governance. The relationship between the tribes and my office is based on trust and mutual respect. And that synergism has been essential to the successful formation of this important agreement.”

In addition to today’s announcement, the state and the tribes are continuing to collaborate on the immediate provision of public safety on-the-ground, including law enforcement and child welfare matters.

Click here to read the agreement.

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