Tribal Leaders Say Okla. Needlessly Stirring Fears Over McGirt

By Andrew Westney (September 8, 2021, 8:27 PM EDT) -- Oklahoma is pushing harder than ever on its claims that the landmark McGirt decision has led to widespread disruption in the state by giving several tribes authority over their reservations, but tribal officials say that won't cut any ice with the U.S. Supreme Court and the state would be better off trying to reach jurisdictional agreements rather than stoke unnecessary anxiety over the ruling.

Following Gov. Kevin Stitt's late July appointment of John O'Connor as attorney general, the state has submitted a slew of petitions seeking to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's July 2020 McGirt decision holding that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's...

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