Tribal Authority Key Issue As Justices Mull Okla. Reservation

By Andrew Westney (December 5, 2018, 10:02 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has probed the federal government, the state of Oklahoma and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation on how much the tribe's jurisdiction might expand if its historical reservation still exists, and worries about disruption in a huge part of Oklahoma could spur a ruling that hems in tribes' criminal and civil authority over non-Indians, experts say.

The case involves the overturning of the murder conviction and death sentence of Muskogee (Creek) Nation member Patrick Dwayne Murphy, hinging on the Tenth Circuit's finding that the Creek reservation was never disestablished and Murphy's crime therefore took place in Indian Country and...

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