August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, August 13, 2020

US Supreme Court upholds jurisdiction to protect Native women




US Supreme Court upholds jurisdiction to protect Native women


StrongHearts Native Helpline Staff
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Legal experts are calling McGirt v. Oklahoma (McGirt) the most significant Federal Indian Law case of the century. On July 9, the Supreme Court’s McGirt decision upheld the treaty affirmed reservation borders of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

The ruling upended previously held legal opinions that jurisdiction over major crimes transferred from federal courts to state courts. Further, that jurisdiction in fact belongs to a federal or tribal court.