A U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday regarding tribal sovereignty had the potential to cause havoc with criminal cases, and perhaps others, across eastern Oklahoma. Tribal and state leaders, to their credit, are intent on that not happening.
In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation was not terminated when Oklahoma became a state. The tribe had argued that the United States promised in a 1866 treaty that a reservation would be “forever set apart as a home” and protected by any subsequently created state.
The court agreed, saying flatly, “The federal government promised the Creek a reservation in perpetuity.” More
Even Chief Justice Roberts questions the majority of opinion of supposedly conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch. Here