Okla. Court Extends McGirt Ruling To Quapaw Reservation

By Andrew Westney (October 22, 2021, 7:34 PM EDT) -- An Oklahoma appeals court has found that the Quapaw Nation's reservation still exists based on the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark McGirt decision, tossing a felony charge against a Native American man because the crime he is accused of took place within the reservation.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, or OCCA, upheld an Ottawa County judge's dismissal of a charge for "lewd or indecent acts with a child under 16" against Cherokee Nation citizen Jeremy Lawhorn. The court said in a unanimous opinion on Thursday that the Quapaw reservation — like the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation in the McGirt case —...

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