Supreme Court Rules Eastern Oklahoma Land Is Tribal Territory
In a stunning blow to Oklahoma’s state government, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that much of eastern Oklahoma is located on an Indian reservation.
In a 5-4 ruling, the justices declared that Congress never diminished or disestablished the land as a reservation. Major crimes committed by a tribal member on their own reservation, in effect, must be prosecuted by the federal government in accordance with the Major Crimes Act.
“Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law....