Supreme Court Restores Oklahoma’s Jurisdiction Over Non-Tribal Crimes on Tribal Lands

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 5-4 that Oklahoma can prosecute non-Native-Americans in Indian country, clawing back part of its 2020 decision recognizing nearly half of the state as a reservation.

The case renewed a sharp divide on the court over the US treatment of Native American tribes and its legal repercussions today. The majority opinion by Justice Brett Kavanaugh took a limited view of the sovereignty the tribes retain in 21st-century America, while the dissent by Justice Neil Gorsuchrecounting centuries of broken promises to the Indians, asserted that the court should today enforce long-ignored treaties.

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