The Wall Street Journal has published “Supreme Court Upended the Legal System in Oklahoma and Could Do It Again,” exploring the aftermath of McGirt v. Oklahoma, a U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled a large part of eastern Oklahoma as a Native American reservation. This decision drastically changed the justice system in Oklahoma—hundreds of cases involving Native Americans could no longer be heard by state courts. Opponents have called for the decision to be overturned. 

While denying the request to overturn the ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, which could partially restore the state’s power to prosecute crimes in Indian country. A decision in this case is expected before July of this year. 

Read the full WSJ article here [subscription required]. 


Madison Bessho

The American Law Institute


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