The Supreme Court of the United States today ruled that the area held historically by the Creek Nation under treaty, now nearly half of Oklahoma, a state which does not have regular Indian reservations, is nevertheless still defined as “Indian Country,” over which the Creek Nation still has judicial authority, since Congress has never acted to the contrary.
DPNM Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement regarding the decision:
“This is a historic step forward for tribes and nations across the United States. For too long, the United States has been able to ignore our legacy of mistreatment of Native communities, including broken treaties and forced removals. This decision restores sovereignty as agreed to by the United States and allows states to continue to move toward a productive and respectful partnership with tribal governments.”