Oklahoma Cities and Others Join Efforts to Overthrow McGirt
The cities of Tulsa and Owasso, law enforcement and state and state trading groups in Texas, Kansas, Louisiana and Nebraska have filed briefs supporting Oklahoma’s claim that the Court Supreme Court overturns its ruling that some tribal reservations were never removed.
Briefs filed Thursday allege crimes such as domestic violence have not been prosecuted due to what is known as the McGirt decision.
Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson in Tulsa and Cherokee Chief Nation Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. are contesting the claims.
“The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma has reviewed nearly 3,000 cases since the McGirt decision …,” Johnson said in a statement to Tulsa World. “My office has opened over 900 of these cases, 450 of which have been charged so far.”
Hoskin said the tribes have grown and coordinated with law enforcement.
Stitt called the McGirt decision the biggest problem facing the state and praised the documents filed.
“Each of these briefs factually demonstrates the chaos created by McGirt as well as the dire consequences for all Oklahomans if the decision is not overturned,” Stitt said.
The McGirt decision concluded that Oklahoma does not have jurisdiction over crimes committed by or against Native Americans on tribal reservations.