Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill said the bill is expected to be sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), who is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Prior to the press call, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Anoatubby said he supported the legislation. “We support federal legislation that is based on the core principle of self-determination, clearing the way for us to work with the state as we navigate the best path forward. We look forward to working with our delegation to secure the passage of such legislation,” said Anoatubby.
McGirt is the most impactful ruling in Indian Country in generations, but jurisdictional gaps must be addressed. Legislation being introduced by Congressman Cole will allow Cherokees, Chickasaws to ensure perpetrators face the justice that victims and their families deserve. pic.twitter.com/HmtjY5dHcG— CherokeeNation (@CherokeeNation) May 10, 2021
In McGirt, the Supreme Court confirmed that the reservation of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation continues to be Indian Country. That means certain criminal maters cannot be prosecuted by the state of Oklahoma. Since the July 2020 ruling, the Oklahoma state court system has confirmed that the reservations of the Cherokee Nation and the reservation of the Chickasaw Nation and of the Choctaw Nation continue to exist as Indian Country.
The leaders of the Cherokee Nation and the Chickasaw Nation are seeking federal legislation to address criminal jurisdiction issues in #Oklahoma. They say tribal-state compacts are the right solution following the historic #McGirt decision. #Sovereignty https://t.co/A0FbOI8qN3— indianz.com (@indianz) May 10, 2021