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Native America Calling: Osage disestablishment
Monday, September 19, 2022

Osage disestablishment
Just as courts are working through jurisdictional boundaries for the other tribes in Oklahoma, a district court judge determined the Osage Nation reservation does not exist.

The judge asserts Congress disestablished the Osage reservation. Lawyers for the tribe and the criminal defendant in question promise to take the issue to a federal appeals court.

It’s part of the ongoing legal push-and-pull in Oklahoma over criminal jurisdiction that has far-reaching implications.

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A welcome sign on the Osage Nation Reservation in northeastern Okalhoma. Photo: Jimmy Emerson, DVM

Guests on Native America Calling
Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce speaks with:

Billy Keene (Osage), Osage Nation Congress member

Elizabeth Homer (Osage), attorney and associate justice on the Osage Nation Supreme Court

Matthew Fletcher (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians), law professor at the University of Michigan Law School and author of the “Turtle Talk” blog.

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