'Sky Did Not Fall' For Okla. Economy After McGirt, Study Says

By Caleb Symons (April 19, 2022, 7:16 PM EDT) -- Restoring tribal control of historical Native American lands has a minimal effect on commercial activity in those places, according to a new study, whose authors say its conclusion undermines the doomsday economic warnings spurred by the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt decision.

The research, set to be published in a future edition of the Yale Journal on Regulation, examines a variety of economic data — including employment rates and corporate productivity — in eastern Oklahoma and other places where tribes have recently gained reservation status.

Those factors reveal no statistically significant effect as a result of that change, the study finds, "contrary...

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