Tribes Weigh In On McGirt Decision After State Agreement Falls Through

Tuesday, July 21st 2020, 4:49 am

News 9 has received a joint statement from three of the five the tribes impacted by in the landmark supreme court decision McGirt Vs. Oklahoma.

That ruling deals with tribal and federal jurisdiction.

Previously, the Attorney General's Office announced an agreement with the tribes that would establish jurisdiction in both criminal and civil cases.

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Since, the deal has fallen through.

On Friday, the Muscogee Creek nation and Seminole Nation both backed.

While the agreement dictates what courts would hear tribal cases and who can investigate them, the tribes are concerned of losing their sovereignty, and the recognition of reservation land. 

"The leaders of the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations have been, and continue to be, committed to discussing the parameters of the historic Supreme Court decision in the McGirt case. These leaders agree that any path forward requires strong collaboration between the Five Tribes," said the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations.

After the agreement fractured, Governor Kevin Stitt issued an executive order to create a commission to find a path forward.

The Oklahoma Congressional Delegation, made up of Oklahoma's US Senator's and Representatives, said while many legal questions remain, they need to work on clarifying legislation. "Following the McGirt decision, we appreciate the essential input and recommendations of Tribal Nations and the Oklahoma Attorney General on how all Oklahomans can cooperate together in the days ahead."

Governor Kevin Stitt has also release a statement:

"We know that there is a lot of unpredictability right now. We are committed to working with all Oklahomans, Tribal and non-Tribal, to create a practical and sustainable path forward. This commission is the first step." 

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